Guillen left off postseason roster because of injury, not PEDs

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HardballTalk’s own Craig Calcaterra had this story on Friday.  Now it’s close to being confirmed.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy informed the Associated Press before Saturday’s World Series Game 3 that Jose Guillen was not left off the Giants’ postseason roster because of a PED-related investigation.  He was left off because of a neck injury that would have hurt his availability throughout the team’s playoff run.

The New York Times ran a story earlier this week stating that Guillen was found to have received shipments of human growth hormone (HGH) during the 2010 season at an address registered to his wife.  The story also said that Major League Baseball asked the Giants to leave the veteran outfielder out of their postseason plans because of the ongoing investigation.  The first is true.  The second, apparently, is not.

In all likelihood, the decision on Guillen was made for a variety of reasons.  He did not hit with power down the stretch for the Giants and has become a pitiful defensive outfielder over the past few years.  The neck injury definitely played a part.  And the investigation definitely didn’t help anything.

Guillen, an impending free agent, is still waiting on word from the DEA and MLB commissioner’s office.  It seems likely that he won’t have an agreement with a big league club before the start of spring training.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.