We finally have a timetable for Marlon Byrd’s return from the scary injury he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Boston on May 21.
“They’re looking 4-6 weeks, and I think that timetable is about right,” Byrd said Wednesday. “You can’t rush the fractures. You have to make sure they heal, and that takes time.”
Byrd was out taking flyballs at Wrigley prior to Wednesday’s game. His face has healed up, and his vision wasn’t at all affected by the beaning. So, now it’s all about the waiting. With Reed Johnson also down, the Cubs are currently using Tony Campana in center field.
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.