DTDCorey Seager SS LAD 6 hours ago
Seager (back) is scheduled to take part in a simulated game Monday and hopes to receive clearance to return to the lineup for Game 1 of the Dodgers' World Series matchup with the Astros on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
Seager didn't travel with the Dodgers during their five-game National League Championship Series win over the Cubs while contending with the back issue, but the Dodgers didn't miss a beat. Charlie Culberson started three of the games at shortstop and hit .511 and offered strong defense up the middle, while Chris Taylor started the other two games at the position en route to earning NLCS co-MVP honors. The return of Seager, who slashed .295/.375/.479 in his second full season in the big leagues, would still amount to an upgrade at the position, so the 23-year-old will look to prove that he's healthy Monday before the World Series gets underway. Seager has previously been able to run curves on the field, take ground balls and hit off a tee over the past couple of days, but the simulated game would represent the final hurdle he would need to clear in the recovery process.
Justin Verlander SP HOU 8 hours ago
Verlander will start Wednesday in Game 2 of the Astros' World Series matchup with the Dodgers, Matt Kelly of MLB.com reports.
Fresh off being named the American League Championship Series MVP following the Astros' seven-game triumph over the Yankees, Verlander will have a short turnaround to try and keep a powerful Dodgers offense at bay. During the ALCS, Verlander followed up a complete-game, 13-strikeout effort in Game 2 with seven shutout innings in a Game 6 victory.
Dallas Keuchel SP HOU 8 hours ago
Keuchel will start in Game 1 of the Astros' World Series matchup with the Dodgers on Tuesday, Matt Kelly of MLB.com reports.
The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner has been stellar throughout the playoffs and owns a 2.59 ERA over his five career postseason starts, so it was a no-brainer for Astros manager A.J. Hinch to turn to their ace for Game 1. Keuchel will oppose Clayton Kershaw in the contest, with Justin Verlander following the lefty in the rotation start Game 2.
DTDCorey Seager SS LAD 23 hours ago
Manager Dave Roberts said Seager (back) has been hitting off a tee and running curves on the field, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Seager's back continues to improve, and the Dodgers remain hopeful that he'll be ready to rejoin the starting nine for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. "We're very optimistic," Roberts said Saturday. "Corey really doesn't want to be denied." Seager is expected to face live pitching Sunday and Monday, after which there should be a clearer idea regarding his status for the beginning of the Fall Classic. The Dodgers may choose to use him as their DH -- or as a high-leverage pinch hitter, in home games -- if they don't want to risk the possibility of him aggravating his back injury in the field.
Carlos Beltrán LF/RF/DH HOU 1 day ago
Beltran is not in the lineup for Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday.
Beltran is just 3-for-17 (.176) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Saturday's decisive Game 7 on the bench as the Astros look to advance to their first World Series since 2005. In his place, Evan Gattis will serve as the designated hitter, batting sixth.
Dylan Floro RP LAD 1 day ago
Floro has decided to hit the free agent market, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Floro was outrighted off the 40-man roster in late August and has decided to take his services to free agency rather than return to the Dodgers' minor league system. He will now look to find himself a better situation heading into 2018 with a different organization.
T.J. House RP FA 1 day ago
House has decided to explore free agency, Brandon Warne of The Athletic reports.
A starter when he initially emerged from the minor league ranks, House has most recently worked out of the bullpen in his latest brief stints in the majors. He will attempt to make an impression during spring training to latch onto a major league roster next season, but it remains to be seen which organization that will be with.
Tanner Scheppers RP FA 1 day ago
Scheppers has decided to become a free agent, Brandon Warne of The Athletic reports.
Scheppers spent the vast majority of 2017 in Triple-A, but struggled to match the numbers he posted earlier in his career that earned him a promotion to the top level. He will attempt to improve his numbers by going the change of scenery route.
Jason Wheeler SP LAD 1 day ago
Wheeler has decided to explore free agency, Brandon Warne of The Athletic reports.
Wheeler made his major league debut with the Twins this season, but it lasted all of three innings due to issues with command and the long ball. He will now look for a gig with another organization, attempting to regain the form he displayed in the lower levels of the minor leagues.
Zach Neal P FA 1 day ago
Neal has decided to part ways from the Athletics and head to free agency, Brandon Warne of The Athletic reports.
Neal made his way tot he majors for the second time in his career in 2017, but struggled at the highest level to the tune of a 7.98 ERA and 6.43 FIP over 14.2 frames. The 28-year-old will now attempt to latch on elsewhere and seems a likely candidate to open spring training with a big league club.