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Jimmy Rollins, when healthy, will resume role as Dodgers’ starting shortstop

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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.

Police: Felipe Vázquez admits to trying to have sex with 13-year-old

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Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.

Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:

Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter.  At this time, any comment would be premature.”

The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.

Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.

UPDATE: I had missed this previously, but the Pirates issued a statement about all of this yesterday afternoon: