Corey Seager says sprained knee improving daily

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Culberson was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop on Monday, a day after Enrique Hernandez played there in Sunday’s home game.

Both are merely keeping the spot warm, though, until the return of Corey Seager, the dynamic rookie who is on the mend following a sprained left knee 10 days ago.

Seager was back on the field Monday morning, upping his workout regimen ever so slightly as he tries to make it back into a game before Opening Day on April 4 at San Diego.

“Yeah, every day has been better,” Seager said. “Every day I’ve had no issues with it so it has progressed and I got back on the field so it’s nice.”

Manager Dave Roberts insists that Seager will be back in time to play in a spring game. It was assumed he meant that Seager would be back for a Cactus League game, as the Dodgers are set to leave the desert on March 30. But three more exhibition games remain March 31-April 2 against the Los Angeles Angels in Southern California.

“He will be in the hitting groups and make the rotations like everybody else,” Roberts said Monday morning. “He will take swings in the cage, on the field. He’s young, he’s resilient. We expect him to bounce back like he has.”

Roberts asked what day it was (they all run together in spring training), and appeared to be ready to say what day Seager could be back in a game, but then stopped himself.

“I really don’t know the day but I do know that his (workout) volume has been ramped up every day,” Roberts said.

The Dodgers’ projected starting infield of Adrian Gonzalez at first base, Howie Kendrick at second, Seager at short and Justin Turner at third still has not played together this spring. After Monday, the Dodgers have 12 games remaining, either in Arizona or against the Angels, before the start of the season.