After being sidelined with a strained oblique since March 4, Corey Seager returned to the field today, playing as the DH in a Minor League game.
Roberts said Seager will get 3 ABs on the minor league side as DH today. Tomorrow is a team off day. He'll play 5 on Thursday. #Dodgers
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 21, 2017
Seager went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts at the plate, but all is positive as he came out of it without feeling any pain.
Corey Seager said he had no discomfort in his three at-bats in Minor League game.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 21, 2017
The Dodgers will have an off day on Wednesday so Seager will have a day of rest. On Thursday, Seager plans to play in another Minor League game. This time he will be hitting, as well as playing five innings at shortstop.
Plan for Seager is to DH for 3 innings today and then play 5 innings Thursday on the minor league side again. #SeagerWatch2017
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 21, 2017
Defense looks like it will be the real test for Seager, because that is how the original oblique injury occurred. The Minor League appearance on Thursday should be his last until he moves back up to the Major League side of camp.
The last thing that the Dodgers would want to do is rush back the reigning National League Rookie of the Year too fast in spring training. So it should not be surprising if they ease him back in to the swing of things over the next week.