After playing around with a few different looks, the Dodgers have finally settled on a fill-in shortstop.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, infielder Justin Sellers was told late Saturday night that he has cracked the Opening Day roster and will function as the Dodgers’ primary shortstop while Hanley Ramirez recovers from his thumb injury. Luis Cruz will remain at third base.
Ramirez tore a ligament in his right thumb earlier this month while playing third base for his native Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He will be placed on the disabled list before the Dodgers’ season-opener against the Giants and probably won’t be ready to return to his position until late May or early June.
Sellers, 27, has batted .204/.283/.323 with two homers and 15 RBI in 55 major league games.
OXON HILL, MD — The folks behind the World Baseball Classic today announced an initial list of 30 players who have confirmed their participation in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The confirmed players:
- Canada: Russell Martin
- Colombia: Jose Quintana and Julio Teheran
- The Dominican Republic: Adrian Beltre, Dellin Betances, Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Manny Machado
- Mexico: Adrian Gonzalez, Oliver Perez and Roberto Osuna
- Netherlands: Xander Bogaerts, Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons
- Puerto Rico: Javier Baez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Yadier Molina
- United States: Chris Archer, Nolan Arenado, Adam Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey and Max Scherzer
- Venezuela: Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez, Felix Hernandez and Salvador Perez.
There will be more later — rosters do not have to be firmed up until early February — but that’s a pretty good list for now.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets will try veteran Jose Reyes in the outfield during spring training ahead of the 2017 season. Reyes, who has been in the majors over parts of 14 seasons, hasn’t logged any time in the outfield as a professional baseball player.
Despite Reyes’ involvement in a domestic violence issue last offseason, the Mets acquired him after the Rockies released him in June, following a 51-game suspension. He hit .267/.326/.443 with 25 extra-base hits, 24 RBI, and 45 runs scored in 279 plate appearances, spending most of his time at third base in place of the injured David Wright.
The Mets’ outfield is set with Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto plus one of Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce. Reyes and Juan Lagares would serve as backups.