On Sunday, for a initial time in roughly dual weeks, Corey Seager was an active round player. He took batting practice. He took belligerent balls. He took a chair before a organisation of reporters, happily.
“I haven’t smiled in a while,” Seager said. “It’s good to grin again.”
The behind aria that sidelined Seager for a National League Championship Series appears healed. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pronounced he is “very confident” Seager will be behind during shortstop for Game 1 of a World Series on Tuesday.
“He pronounced he felt as good he has in weeks,” Roberts said.
“That was substantially one of a few times we screamed in my hotel room,” Seager said.
Roberts would not contend who would be private from a Dodgers’ register to make room for Seager. He did prove a Dodgers competence keep Charlie Culberson, who transposed Seager on a NLCS roster, as insurance, or an choice should a Dodgers wish to use Seager as a designated hitter in Houston.
Culberson strike .455 in a NLCS though pronounced he would be gay to see Seager retrieve shortstop.
“We need Corey out there,” Culberson said. “He’s an MVP-type player.”
The Dodgers led a vital leagues in payroll, though their front-office creativity and indifferent meritocracy reveals itself in engaging ways. Of a 9 players in Tuesday’s projected starting lineup, 5 done reduction than $1 million this season: Seager, initial baseman Cody Bellinger, outfielders Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor, and catcher Austin Barnes.
On a other hand, a dual dead pitchers who threw live batting use to Seager on Sunday done a total $17 million this season: Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Same four, once more
The Dodgers devise to muster their starters in a World Series in a same sequence as they did in a NLCS: Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, Rich Hill in Game 2, Yu Darvish in Game 3 and Alex Wood in Game 4.
The Dodgers break each series possible, though Roberts pronounced a group did not wish to overthink a decision.
“Ultimately, we only kind of defaulted to, ‘It’s been working,’ ” he said.
Hill is 37. He done his vital joining entrance in 2005, in service of Greg Maddux. He never has pitched in a World Series, nonetheless he has overcome adequate obstacles in his career that he should not be shaken when he starts on Wednesday.
“A integrate years ago,” he said, “I was regulating a bucket in eccentric round as a toilet.”
Culberson held a line expostulate that noted a final out of a NLCS. He kept a ball, though not before seeking Roberts either he should give it to closer Kenley Jansen.
“He’ll get another one,” Roberts told Culberson.
In what place of respect in his home has Culberson put a ball?
“A closet,” he said, “so my kids won’t get it.”
Culberson has 3 children. The oldest is 5; a youngest is 7 months.
Roberts pronounced he wouldn’t demur to use Jansen for a six-out save. And he expects that probability to change how both he and Houston manager A.J. Hinch approach a final innings of parsimonious games.
“Your mind-set is conflicting meaningful that we have a man like that during a behind finish of a bullpen,” Roberts said. “You don’t know when a manager is going to use him. So we have to infrequently be a small bit some-more assertive than we competence like to be, generally in a postseason setting.
“To have him on a side it creates life a lot easier for me.”
Times staff author Kevin Baxter also contributed to this report.