Matt Moore “back to normal” after abdominal strain

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Rays left-hander Matt Moore was sidelined for over a week due to an abdominal strain that he suffered during a fielding drill. But that’s all in the past now.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Moore tossed a free and easy bullpen session on Saturday in Rays camp and told reporters shortly after the workout that he felt “real good.”

“It was like back to normal,” added the 22-year-old.

Moore is a near-lock for a starting rotation spot this season in Tampa Bay after registering a dominant 1.92 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 210/46 K/BB ratio across 155 innings last year between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. He eventually climbed his way to the major leagues in September and was even trusted with a start in the ALDS against the Rangers, in which he hurled seven scoreless frames.

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.”