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Dodgers’ Seager plays SS for 1st time since April

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, three innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a minor league exhibition.

The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year had surgery May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and arthroscopic surgery on Aug, 7 to repair his left hip.

He struck out twice and fielded one ball Thursday, an infield single. Although the runner was going to be safe, Seager completed the throw.

“It was good, didn’t hesitate, didn’t think about it, just kind of did it,” he said. “I wanted to finish it, kind of check that off the list.”

Seager had three plate appearances in a minor league game Monday but did not play the field.

“It was nice to move around,” he said. “It has been a long time. It is weird. You try to find your timing. For the most part it was a lot smoother than I expected.”

Los Angeles has not projected whether he will be available for the opener against Arizona on March 28.

“It’s about building up innings at this point,” Seager said.

The left-handed Seager’s last at bat, against a right-hander, lasted eight pitches.

“At this point, I’m not really worried about the outcome,” he said. “That was maybe my ninth AB. I’m still trying to get comfortable in the box.”

Game notes
LHP Clayton Kershaw threw a 31-pitch bullpen session to Russell Martin as manager Dave Roberts looked on along with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and other staff. Kershaw threw some offspeed pitches. He had been was limited to 20 pitches, all fastballs, on Monday in his first bullpen session since Feb. 20. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has been slowed by left shoulder discomfort. … OF Alex Verdugo is likely to make the opening-day roster. “Everyone has a different path and a different maturity growth and I think he’s grown up, he’s grown up,” Roberts said of the 22-year-old. … INF Max Muncy was scratched from the game against Cincinnati because of pain and stiffness in his right forearm/wrist.

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Cubs SS Baez to have MRI on right heel

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CHICAGO — Though the Chicago Cubs don’t believe the injury is serious, shortstop Javier Baez is getting an MRI on his injured right heel as he’s not in the starting lineup for the second straight game.

Manager Joe Maddon indicated Baez told him on Monday he was still hurting.

“Just that it’s sore,” Maddon relayed before Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. “He keeps using the word sore. I just want to make sure that’s all it is.”

Baez was injured Sunday night against the Washington Nationals when he charged a ball and then threw awkwardly to first base in the bottom of the fifth inning. He left that game and hasn’t played since.

“I didn’t twist it or anything,” Baez said. “I just went too hard to the ground and me heel kind of got jammed a little bit … All the time I was running it didn’t bother me. When I got to the dugout it was kind of pumping a little bit. It’s just a bruise.”

Baez is hitting .319 and is tied for the team lead with 11 home runs. Addison Russell has started the last two games in his place.

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Brewers pull Yelich from lineup with back spasms

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Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich has been scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with back spasms, the team announced.

Yelich was slated to play right field and bat second in the original lineup. He was instead replaced by Ben Gamel.

Yelich missed five games earlier this season after injuring his lower back on an attempted steal against the Mets on April 28.

Entering Tuesday’s games, the 27-year-old Yelich leads the National League in home runs (19) and stolen bases (9), is second in runs (40), third in RBIs (41) and is fifth in the league with a .325 batting average.

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Angels’ Simmons to IL, Ohtani will play vs. Twins

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The Los Angeles Angels are placing shortstop Andrelton Simmons on the 10-day injured list after an MRI on Tuesday revealed a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.

Simmons was hurt while trying to beat out an infield hit in the eighth inning of Monday night’s loss to the Twins.

X-rays were negative, but the MRI confirmed the Grade 3 sprain. Simmons will see a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday, the team said.

Also, Shohei Ohtani will play Tuesday night against the Twins after taking a ball off his right finger while swinging at a third strike on Monday against Minnesota.

Ohtani will DH and bat third for the Angels.

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