Brandon McCarthy took the mound yesterday and faced live hitters for the first time since a line drive to the head on September 5 fractured his skull.
McCarthy threw batting practice to his new Diamondbacks teammates from behind a protective screen, which is standard for all pitchers, and called the experience “completely normal.”
“Anything you would have thought might have been there wasn’t,” McCarthy said, via Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. “I was more nervous about where my command was at, where my stuff was at.”
Good news for a good pitcher and a good person to root for.
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.