Corey Seager is not on the Dodgers’ NLCS roster

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Dodgers’ All-Star shortstop Corey Seager will not be joining the team for the NLCS, according to an announcement made on Saturday. Seager appeared in all three games of the NLDS last week, but tweaked his back in Game 3 and was unable to work back from the injury in time for the next playoff round.

The 23-year-old infielder sustained the injury after sliding into second base in the first inning of Game 3. He wasn’t immediately removed from the game, however, and helped polish off the Division Series sweep with a .273/.467/.455 batting line and two RBI in 15 PA. Following the series, he was diagnosed with back soreness and was unable to participate in team workouts leading up to the NLCS. While he’s still listed as day-to-day, he hasn’t made enough progress to resume his post in the lineup for the next leg of the playoffs.

It’s a tough blow for Los Angeles, who could have used the extra pop in their lineup against the heavy-hitting Cubs. Without Seager, they’ll lean on 28-year-old middle infielder Charlie Culberson, who went 2-for-15 with two hits and two walks during the 2017 season. This will be his first postseason appearance since 2016, when he went 0-for-7 with a pair of strikeouts in four NLDS games against the Nationals. The Dodgers could also turn to some combination of Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez and Logan Forsythe at shortstop, though the exact configuration has yet to be determined.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).