Rays promote Rocco Baldelli to Triple-A

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Rocco Baldelli will continue his unlikely comeback with Triple-A Durham, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

Baldelli was hired as a special assistant minor league coach with the Rays this season, however he decided to continue his playing career last month. The 28-year-old batted .283/.298/.370 with four doubles and six RBI in 12 games with High-A Charlotte. He was 3-for-4 with a walk on Thursday, playing in back-to-back games for the first time.

Baldelli batted a meager .253/.311/.433 with seven homers, 23 RBI and a 744 OPS in 150 at-bats with the Red Sox last season, so expectations aren’t particularly high for him at this point, but there’s a chance he could be promoted when rosters expand in September.

Dodgers feel optimistic about Corey Seager’s return in the World Series

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The Dodgers pulled through the five-game Championship Series without Corey Seager, but they’re counting down the days until their prized slugger/shortstop can make his first World Series appearance. He still has a ways to go before he can return to the field, however. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports that while Seager has been hitting off a tee, taking soft toss and running the curves of the infield, he’ll need to practice hitting in a simulated game before he can rejoin the team next Tuesday.

The 23-year-old infielder went 3-for-15 with a triple and two RBI in the NLDS earlier this month. He was sidelined in Game 3 of the series after making a bad slide into second base and sustaining a lower back strain. Although he’s made fairly rapid progress in his recovery over the last two weeks, he’s not back at 100% just yet, and Roberts said he won’t make a final decision on his status until it gets closer to game time. Even if Seager makes a successful return to his starting position, the Dodgers may not get the same .295/.375/.479 hitter they relied on during the regular season.

Provided that everything goes smoothly over the next two days, though, there’s a decent chance Seager will find his way to the infield — or, at the very least, to the plate. “We’re very optimistic,” Roberts said Saturday. “Corey doesn’t want to be denied.”