GLENDALE http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , Ariz. (AP) r12; With Corey Seagerr17;s expected return by opening day and the acquisition of right-handed hitting center fielder A.J. Pollock, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not expected to be platooning.Seager was limited to 26 games last season and did not play after April 29. He had Tommy John surgery on May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament and had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Aug. 7.r0;There is a certain narrative on us platooning last year, and I think that was kind of for survival,r1; manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday during his first spring training availability.The two-time NL champions traded Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds and allowed Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal to leave as free agents. The Dodgersr17; major addition was to sign Pollock as a free agent.r0;I think that wer17;re not as susceptible against left-handed pitching,r1; Roberts said. r0;Offensively, wer17;re much more balanced, one through eight. Whoever those eight might be on a particular night will conduct consistently better at-bats. And I think the bullpen depth is better than it was last year.r1;The recovery of Seager, the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year, is critical.r0;He looks really good,r1; Roberts said.Roberts hopes his shortstop, who is throwing at 90 feet Julio Teheran Jersey , can get 50 to 60 at-bats during spring training.Beginning his fourth season as manager, Roberts said left-hander Clayton Kershaw would like to regain some velocity. Kershawr17;s average fastball velocity dropped from 93 mph in 2017 to 91 mph last season, when he dealt with a back injury.r0;He feels strong,r1; Roberts said.Closer Kenley Jansen is expected to have a more aggressive spring training routine following surgery Nov. 26 to correct an irregular heartbeat.r0;I think with Kenley, it will be more towards r17;17 spring, and I say that where we were a little bit more active,r1; Roberts said. r0;Last year with the workload . we kind of slow-played him and he had a couple little hiccups with the body and it kind of put him back a little bit. Her17;s in great shape right now.r1;Roberts also says he expects reacquired catcher Russell Martin and Austin Barnes will compete for time behind the plate.r0;To get a guy like Russell Martin, whose been in the postseason 10, 11 years in his big year career, her17;s a winning player,r1; Roberts said. r0;Her17;s been a Dodger http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , he couldnr17;t be happier to come back home, so to kind of pair with Austin I think is a very good duo. And I think that time will tell. So they are going to split time, and wer17;ll see who gets the lionr17;s share.r1;The revamped roster, minus Puig and Matt Kemp who were traded to the Cincinnati Reds, and subtracting free agents Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal, is more balanced, said Roberts. BOSTON (AP) r12; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native who has been outspoken about its need for hurricane relief, indicated on Thursday that he may skip the World Series celebration at the White House over President Donald Trumpr17;s policies toward the island.Cora previously said he would make the traditional championr17;s visit to Washington to argue for more help for the American island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. But in the wake of reports this week that Trump tried to redirect funds from Puerto Rico to Florida and Texas, Cora repeatedly prefaced his comments on Thursday with, r0;If I go r30;.r1;r0;Wer17;ll see what happens David Justice Jersey ,r1; Cora said before the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writersr17; Association of America. r0;Therer17;s a lot of stuff going on right now as far as the government and the shutdown and all that. If I go, Ir17;ll represent Puerto Rico the right way.r1;Once a routine, non-partisan perk of winning it all, the traditional championsr17; visit to Washington has become especially politicized lately, with some teams declining the invitation; in other cases, individual players stayed home.The Red Sox have said they will go, while leaving it up to individual members of the organization.And Cora wavered.r0;Right now I can say yes. It might change tomorrow,r1; he said. r0;Itr17;s not that Ir17;ve changed my mind. But wer17;ll see what happens in the upcoming days.r1;Cora said one issue is whether he can accomplish more by going or by staying home. He made it clear that he would not attend to r0;make a scene,r1; but to r0;represent them the right way.r1;r0;I donr17;t know what kind of platform Ir17;m going to have if I go,r1; he said. r0;Sometimes, if you walk the other way and you get your back to whatever is going on http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , is it positive? I donr17;t know. Sometimes your17;ve got to show your face.r1;Catcher Blake Swihart, infielder Brock Holt and pitcher Ryan Brasier all said on Thursday they were looking forward to a White House tour.r0;Itr17;s not every day you can just walk into the White House,r1; Swihart said. r0;So itr17;s going to be a cool experience.The most recent honoree was Clemsonr17;s football team, which won the college national championship this month and visited Trump on Monday. Because of the federal government shutdown, Trump ordered in and served the Tigers fast food: pizza, burgers and fries.r0;Thatr17;s all my favorite foods,r1; Brasier said.