Back injury could make Corey Seager the Dodgers’ preferred DH in Houston

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first_img The Dodgers in the World Series: a brief history “To have Charlie Culberson and other guys that can play short, if something does go out on us, we’re definitely cognizant of that,” Roberts said. Seager hurt his back sliding into third base early in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Oct. 9. An epidural injection the following day relieved the pain, but not enough for Seager to play in the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.Culberson was added to the 25-man roster for the NLCS and went 5 for 11 with two doubles and a triple in five games. He didn’t commit an error in the series.If he remains on the roster for the World Series, Culberson could take the spot of either a position player or a pitcher. Roberts said that had not been determined as of Monday afternoon. Both the Dodgers and Astros will formally announce their 25-man rosters Tuesday morning.Culberson, Chris Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and Kyle Farmer all took ground balls at shortstop in practice the last two days.“We still have a little bit more time to kind of figure it out,” Roberts said. LOS ANGELES — Corey Seager stood in the left-handed batter’s box at Dodger Stadium on Monday and stroked a line drive to the left-center gap. That could be a double on Tuesday, when Seager is expected to be available for Game 1 of the World Series.On this evening, it was just a sign of progress, and it came at the expense of teammate Brock Stewart. Manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers are more wary of Seager bending over to field ground balls than to swing a bat. Judging by his simulated at-bats against Stewart, Seager seems to be hitting the ball just fine.But Roberts’ comments raised the possibility that Seager could serve as the Dodgers’ designated hitter when the World Series shifts to Houston for Game 3.Related Articles Astros’ diminutive Jose Altuve reaching new heights as a hitter Video: World Series previewHONEYCUTT RECALLS ’88Whenever the Dodgers show highlights of the 1988 World Series, as they are certain to do frequently in the team’s first trip back to the Fall Classic in 29 years, at least one person at Dodger Stadium has a very different reaction than most.Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was a reliever with the Oakland A’s in 1988, sitting in the right field bullpen when Kirk Gibson’s homer vanished into the bleachers.“Who would ever anticipate (Dennis) Eckersley, after the year he had, losing that game?” Honeycutt said on the eve of the Dodgers’ return to the World Series. “It’s something that’s magical for the Dodgers.”Honeycutt said he still believes the Series might have turned out differently if not for that one swing by Gibson.“It’s a huge turning point in the Series,” he said. “You’re in position to win Game 1. You never like to lose when you have the lead in the ninth. It’s not devastating, because it’s just the first game, but at the same time, it switched the momentum.”UMPIRES ANNOUNCEDVeteran umpire Gerry Davis will be the World Series crew chief for the third time. He’ll be the second base umpire in Game 1. The remainder of the Game 1 assignments include Phil Cuzzi (home), Paul Nauert (first base), Laz Diaz (third base), Bill Miller (right field) and Dan Iassogna (right field).Mark Wegner is the replay umpire in Games 1 and 2. Phil Cuzzi is the replay umpire from Game 3 onward.PLAYING POLITICSA friendly wager between the congressional representatives from Houston and Los Angeles was agreed to on the House floor. Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D–Los Angeles) challenged Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D–Houston) as follows: the Member of Congress whose team loses will deliver a congratulatory statement on the floor of the House while wearing the winning team’s colors.The losing representative will also bring food from their district to share with their colleagues. Lee will bring barbecued meat, while Gomez will bring a French-dipped sandwich from Philippe the Original.ALSOHouston manager A.J. Hinch said right-hander Charlie Morton will start either Game 3 or 4 and right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will “very likely” start the other. Right-hander Yu Darvish is starting Game 3 and left-hander Alex Wood Game 4 for the Dodgers. … Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was back on the field Monday after sitting out the on-field portion of the Dodgers’ workout Sunday. … Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal was home Monday to be with his wife for the birth of their son. Roberts said Grandal will “100 percent” be available for Game 1. … Dodger Stadium parking gates will open at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Parking passes cost $30 if purchased in advance or $50 at the gate. Dodgers vs. Astros is a World Series for baseball’s Information Age center_img Astros Notes: Josh Reddick is prepared to hear from Dodgers fans World Series guest analyst: Dodgers vs. Astros, Game 1 Dodgers vs. Houston Astros World Series scouting report, prediction Miller: Dodgers reaching the World Series comes at a high cost – for fans Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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