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.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.