Tigers option Sizemore, Scherzer to AAA

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sizemore, scherzer headshot.bmpThe Tigers made a couple of bold but necessary moves Sunday, demoting starting second baseman Scott Sizemore and starting pitcher Max Scherzer to Triple-A Toledo.  The news was reported first by MLB.com’s Jason Beck.

Sizemore entered the 2010 season with a bit of hype, but hasn’t been able to transfer his minor league success to the big leagues.  He will leave behind a .206 batting average, a .297 on-base percentage and a .289 slugging percentage, accomplished in 97 at-bats.  Carlos Guillen is expected to serve as Detroit’s starting second baseman once he returns from the disabled list in about a week.  If he plays well enough, we might not see Sizemore in the majors again until September.

Scherzer also entered the year with high hopes after putting up a 4.12 ERA and a 174/63 K/BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season.  He hasn’t made a smooth transition to the American League, though, and is sporting a 1-4 record, a 7.29 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP through eight starts. 

Corey Seager will be included on Dodgers’ World Series roster

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be on the team’s World Series roster.

Seager, 23, played in the NLDS but was left off the NLCS roster due to a lower back injury suffered in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks. He had three hits, including a triple, in 15 plate appearances in that series. During the regular season, Seager hit .295/.375/.479 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and 85 runs scored across 613 PA.

Charlie Culberson and Chris Taylor handled shortstop while Seager was absent. Both players were among the Dodgers’ best performers in the NLCS. With Seager back in the fold, Taylor will play mostly center field and Culberson will return to his bench role.