It has not yet been officially announced by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but manager Dave Roberts said that unless something unforeseeable happens, shortstop Corey Seager is going to be added to the team’s roster for the World Series.
Before his team’s Monday workout Roberts said he did not see how he would not active Seager.
The talented second year player strained his back during the team’s National League Division Series clinching win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
At the time, it appeared the injury was only minor, but when rosters were announced for the NLCS, Los Angeles’ did not include Seager.
Since that time, the shortstop has worked out daily and is hoping to be ready for the start of the World Series.
Seager on Monday said he is feeling good. He said trainers tested everything that was needed to be tested, and on Sunday he took live batting practice. He added that his batting practice was the last thing needed to determine if he could return.
Roberts said the concern of the club over a reoccurrence of the back injury is related more to the type of bending that players must do when they field grounders, than the torque that takes place when they swing the bat.
One possibility for the Dodgers during the World Series would have Seager serve as the team’s designated hitter when they play in Houston. That would mean Charlie Culberson, who played at short in Seager’s absence during the NLCS, may have to do the same during the Fall Classic.
Roberts said that to have players like Culberson and others that can play at short, if something does happen to a starter, makes it better for us as a team. To have the DH is also good, because from the trainer’s point of view, the swinging of a bat does not pose any real problem like bending over does.
Los Angeles planned for their shortstop Seager to give his back a test during Monday’s workout, which was the last opportunity he would have prior to the roster being set Tuesday.
Seager, who is 23, was the Rookie of the Year in the NL last season and this season hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs, which were second amongst Los Angeles during the regular season.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles sends ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 to the mound to face Astros ace Dallas Keuchel. Both are southpaws.