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Dodgers add Brandon McCarthy and Corey Seager to their World Series roster

By in Press Enterprise on October 24, 2017

By J.P. Hoornstra

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. Journeyman Charlie Culberson stepped into the lineup and went 5-for-11.

Culberson is on the World Series roster too, and could see time in both the infield and the outfield. He’ll allow manager Dave Roberts to deploy Seager as a designated hitter when the World Series shifts to Houston in Game 3.

Granderson’s .067 batting average in the postseason was the lowest among Dodger position players with at least 10 at-bats. 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 switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal all offer manager Dave Roberts left-handed bats off the bench.

Since he was acquired from the New York Mets in August, Granderson has more strikeouts (26) than hits (19).

Farmer was a luxury, a right-handed hitting catcher who gave Roberts the flexibility of using both Barnes and Grandal in the same game. But he batted only four times in eight postseason games without a hit. The Dodgers will carry only two catchers during the World Series.

The most surprising addition was McCarthy, who’s pitched all of six innings since July. The 6-foot-7 right-hander has been […]    

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