Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been held out of the starting lineup since September 6 due to discomfort in his right index finger, suffered on a slide in a game against the Padres. Rookie Corey Seager has handled the position in the veteran’s absence, but manager Don Mattingly confirmed on Saturday that Rollins will resume his role as the team’s starting shortstop when he is healthy, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Seager has hit well over eight games, entering Saturday’s action batting .385/.500/.538 with four doubles and four RBI. It’s a small sample size, but it compares favorably to Rollins’ .220/.279/.355 in 532 PA.
Seager, 21, entered the season rated among the best prospects in baseball, earning a #5 ranking from Baseball America and #7 from MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus. The Dodgers took him 18th overall in the first round of the 2012 draft.
The Dodgers called up top prospect Corey Seager today and manager Don Mattingly isn’t wasting any time getting him into the starting lineup…
Jimmy Rollins has started 18 consecutive games, so it’s a good time to give him a rest. The 21-year-old Seager figures to mostly serve as a backup infielder down the stretch, but he could also make starts in place of Justin Turner at third base.
The top prospect on Baseball America’s midseason list, Seager batted .292/.343/.486 with 18 home runs and 74 RBI over 124 games this season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Dodgers are calling up Triple-A infielder Corey Seager, considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in baseball.
Seager ranked as a consensus top-10 prospect coming into the year and has split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .292 with 18 homers and an .829 OPS in 124 games at age 21.
Strictly a shortstop prior to this season, he started 19 games at third base in the minors as the Dodgers tried to increase his versatility for a potential MLB role. It’s unclear how much Seager will actually play down the stretch with Justin Turner playing nearly every day at third base and Jimmy Rollins starting 35 of the past 36 games at shortstop.
Seager will be eligible for the playoff roster.