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Rollins will get shortstop job back upon return

Dodgers rookie Seager has done impressive job filling in for veteran

PHOENIX -- Jimmy Rollins gets the starting shortstop job back when he returns from a sprained right index finger, whenever that is, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.

"He'll be back in there," said Mattingly, who wouldn't offer a timetable for Rollins' return, other than there would be no hitting or throwing this weekend.

Since Rollins was injured last Sunday in San Diego, top prospect Corey Seager has been the club's shortstop and has given Mattingly no reason to believe he can't handle the job. With Rollins a free agent after this season, Seager's time is soon, but apparently not this year.

When Rollins returns, Seager will "give J.T. (third baseman Justin Turner) days (off), give Jimmy days. At this moment, we don't have any plans, but when Jimmy gets back he's back in there.

"I don't know what the chatter is with Corey and that position, but he's going to be really good. At this point, where we're at, we don't plan … Andrew and the front office hasn't come to me and said, put him in there every day. The plan has always been to give Jimmy days and J.T. days. He's played more than we thought because of injuries and done a good job."

Mattingly said he's been impressed by Seager's maturity, poise, patience at the plate and ability to hit both right-handed and left-handed pitching. Mattingly said he's comfortable with Seager in the lineup.

"I don't know if it's that big of a risk," he said of playing a 21-year-old rookie. "He doesn't scare me, I'll tell you that. I actually like the young guys. I'm not afraid to put him out there."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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