While the first full-squad workout isn’t set to take place until next week, a slew of Los Angeles Dodgers players have already reported to Camelback Ranch for Spring Training. Among them is shortstop Corey Seager, who continues to make his way back to the field.
The 24-year-old has increased his workload in recent weeks, hitting off live pitching and throwing from long distances. While he has yet to begin throwing across the diamond, the Dodgers maintain that Seager is still on track for Opening Day.
Even with Seager beginning to ramp up his activity, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will let him progress at his own pace and hopes to avoid accelerating his recovery timeline, via Rowan Kavner of Dodger Insider:
“There’s a lot of times we talk about the sense of urgency, but with Corey and the way he’s coming back — to take the long view and not be over-anxious or have a sense of urgency — I think that’s something we want to stay away from,” said manager Dave Roberts.
Taking a patient approach with Seager, Roberts revealed that the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year will first partake in ‘B’ games on the backfields before receiving reps in Cactus League play.
Roberts is understandably more concerned with Seager acclimating to playing shortstop rather than finding a rhythm at the plate.
Having undergone two major operations last season, the spring will be a big test for Seager to prove that he is still capable of handling the position.