Seager to miss 1-2 weeks with knee sprain

Dodgers shortstop may have to open season on disabled list

March 12th, 2016

PHOENIX -- Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager will rest his sprained left knee ligament one to two weeks before resuming baseball activity, said manager Dave Roberts, who didn't rule out the possibility of the rookie shortstop opening the season on the disabled list.

"Right now, I'm still gathering information," said Roberts.

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Seager underwent an MRI exam on Saturday that ruled out surgical intervention. But the one to two weeks off will then require additional time to play himself back into game shape. The season opens in three weeks, and Roberts conceded, "Yeah, it's pushing it."

But president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was relieved that it wasn't worse, as club officials apparently feared.

"It's nothing long term," Friedman said. "As soon as he's asymptomatic, he'll be back. A week or two. There's no tear, there's no surgery, nothing more than treating and waiting until he's asymptomatic and getting him back on the field. He was still feeling sore, but after we checked and we're confident it's nothing that will linger long term."

The Dodgers came into the season having decided that Seager, the top-ranked prospect in the game, would be their everyday shortstop, to the point that they do not have an experienced backup in camp.

Kiké Hernandez, coming off right-shoulder surgery, is second on the depth chart. Friedman said the front office is confident in the ability of non-roster invitee Charlie Culberson at shortstop as well. Also in camp with some Major League shortstop experience are Elian Herrera and Brandon Hicks.

"We feel good about our depth, relative to the industry," Friedman said. "There's a dearth of really good quality shortstops. They're the greatest position of scarcity on the field."

Friedman said he also wasn't overly concerned about the knee of infielder Alex Guerrero, who was scratched again Saturday night with lingering soreness that has kept him out of games for a week. Friedman said Guerrero can do all baseball activity, but still feels discomfort running full speed straight ahead.

"He's at the last mile of his recovery," Friedman said.

In other injury news, infielder Howie Kendrick took six at-bats in a Minor League game, and Roberts estimated that Kendrick would play in a Major League game next week after a slight groin strain.

Also, infielder Justin Turner is expected to make his Cactus League debut Monday as a designated hitter. He has been brought along slowly after microfracture knee surgery.