Corey Seager has unseated Jimmy Rollins as the Dodgers starting shortstop

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Corey Seager has provided a jolt to the Dodgers since his call-up last month and it’s been enough for him to unseat Jimmy Rollins as the starting shortstop with the playoffs approaching.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hasn’t made an official announcement, but Rollins essentially confirmed the news to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times last night.

“They’re going to play him,” Rollins said. “We had a conversation and that’s the way it was said: ‘We’re going to go with the kid. That’s the lineup we feel is best.'”

Seager started over Rollins at shortstop last night for the third time in the last four games. For his part, Rollins appears to be taking the switch in stride, saying that “it isn’t about the name on the back, it’s about winning baseball.”

The 36-year-old Rollins has posted career-lows across the board at the plate this season, batting just .226/.286/.360 over 143 games. Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Seager is batting .316/.404/.516 with three home runs and 16 RBI over his first 26 games in the majors.

While Seager is the primary option at shortstop, he has also seen some playing time at third base since his call-up. Mattingly could simply shuffle him with Justin Turner and Rollins during the playoffs.