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Corey Seager to be held out of spring training action this week

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Dodgers¬†shortstop Corey Seager won’t appear in Cactus League action this week due to lingering back and oblique discomfort, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Seager, 22, tweaked his back two weeks ago and hasn’t played since. He seems to believe it’s just a minor setback and that he’ll be ready for Opening Day. The reigning National League Rookie of the Year Award winner hit .308/.365/.512 with 26 home runs, 72 RBI, and 105 runs scored in 687 plate appearances last season.

In the event Seager isn’t healthy enough to start the season, the Dodgers could use Enrique Hernandez or Logan Forsythe at shortstop as both have experience at the position.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.