LOS ANGELES -- It appears that it will be all systems go for Corey Seager at the Fall Classic. According to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Seager will be on the Dodgers' World Series roster.The All-Star shortstop injured his back on a slide in Game 3 of
LOS ANGELES -- It appears that it will be all systems go for Corey Seager at the Fall Classic. According to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Seager will be on the Dodgers' World Series roster.
The All-Star shortstop injured his back on a slide in Game 3 of the National League Division Series and received an epidural the next day, but was left off the Dodgers' NL Championship Series roster.
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Manager Dave Roberts had expressed confidence that Seager will be able to start at shortstop, but didn't rule out the possibility of Seager being the Dodgers' designated hitter when the club goes on the road to Houston.
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"If all goes well after the first two games of the series, then we can kind of reassess at that point in time," Roberts said. "It does give us another option as far as looking at playing three games at an American League ballpark."
The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year started to swing off a tee and ran curves during the Dodgers' off-days and Roberts said Seager felt "as good as he has in weeks." The shortstop participated in the Dodgers' workout on Sunday at Dodger Stadium and took batting practice.
Seager didn't travel with the club to avoid being a distraction and watched his teammates celebrate winning the NL pennant from a hotel room. The 23-year-old said the only hurdle left for him is to face live pitching, which he said will help him get his rhythm at the plate.
Seager couldn't pinpoint a certain day that his back started to recover, but said his mobility and the tightness gradually went away.
"It was the right thing [not to be active for the NLCS]," Seager said. "I was able to get one-on-one treatment and I feel so much better. I've been able to do all baseball activities with no setbacks."
Roberts mum on roster move
Roberts hasn't made a decision as to who would be removed for Seager, but hinted that Charlie Culberson would indeed remain on the World Series roster. Culberson started three games at shortstop in place of Seager and hit 5-for-14 (.455) with two doubles and a triple in the NLCS.
Roberts said that Culberson's performance in the NLCS was valuable, "but right now we haven't made that decision."
Culberson also caught the final out in Game 5 of the NLCS to send the Dodgers to the World Series. The ball is safe and sound, still drenched in champagne and beer, Culberson said.
"I made sure to put it in my pocket," Culberson said. "I celebrated with it and when I took it out, champagne and beer soaked the ball. I asked [Roberts] if Kenley [Jansen] wanted it and he said, 'He'll get another one,' so I kept it."
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.