The Dodgers released their World Series roster a few moments ago. Curtis Granderson is not on it, with Brandon McCarthy taking his place.
Granderson, who the Dodgers picked up from the Mets in late August, was only 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the postseason. Granderson’s primary benefit — a left-handed bat to face right-handed pitching — evaporated once Dave Roberts lost confidence in him, choosing to go with Andre Ethier against righties in the NLCS instead, with Granderson only playing to cover center field. With center almost certainly being handled by Chris Taylor now that Corey Seager is back and Taylor is not needed at shortstop, there is really no room for Granderson.
McCarthy has not pitched at all in the postseason and does not have a rotation spot, but an extra arm could come in handy in the event a game gets out of hand one way or another and Roberts wishes to save his relievers to fight a closer game.
In the other roster move, as expected, Corey Seager was added. To make room, third catcher Kyle Farmer was dropped.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.
“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.