Dodgers activate Corey Seager and Brandon McCarthy, drop Curtis Granderson and Kyle Farmer
LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers made two changes to their 25-man roster for the World Series, adding pitcher Brandon McCarthy and shortstop Corey Seager, and removing outfielder Curtis Granderson and catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer.
Seager’s return was expected after he missed all of the National League Championship Series with a back injury. The 23-year-old batted .295 during the regular season with 22 home runs and 77 runs batted in. He played all three games in the NL Division Series despite a sore elbow that impeded his throwing.
Early in Game 3 of the NLDS, Seager injured his back sliding into third base. He received an epidural injection the following day but couldn’t recover in time for the NLCS.
Manager Dave Roberts said Seager practiced sliding Monday.
“I think he’s a little apprehensive,” Roberts said. “Hopefully he doesn’t have to.”
After batting second in the regular season, Seager batted sixth in Game 1 against Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel “to give him an opportunity to kind of ease into the game a little bit,” Roberts said.
Journeyman Charlie Culberson went 5 for 11 during the NLCS in Seager’s stead. Culberson is on the World Series roster too, and could see time in both the infield and the outfield. Seager might be the Dodgers’ designated hitter when the World Series shifts to Houston in Game 3.
Granderson’s .067 batting average in the postseason was the lowest among Dodgers position players with at least 10 at-bats. Since he was acquired from the New York Mets in August, Granderson has more strikeouts (26) than hits (19).
“The decisions that we have to make aren’t always easy,” Roberts said. “Just a credit to him and his character that he was supportive.”
Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson offer ample outfield depth without Granderson, who bats left-handed. Ethier, Pederson, Chase Utley and […]