The Los Angeles Dodgers will be even tougher to beat in September with the pending promotion of top prospect Corey Seager. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted this morning that the Dodgers are calling up the former first-round draft pick, who is ranked the No. 1 overall prospect by Baseball America, ESPN's Keith Law and Fangraphs' Kiley McDaniel. MLB.com ranks him No. 2, only behind the Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton.
Though Seager has produced at a high level throughout his time in the minor leagues, the touted infielder's recall is likely due in part to the Dodgers' short-staffed bench at shortstop. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal noted that without Jose Peraza (hamstring) and Kiké Hernandez (also hamstring), the Dodgers have virtually no backup shortstop in the event of an injury to starter Jimmy Rollins.
Seager could also get looks at third base, as Justin Turner is nursing an injured finger. Turner has been a critical player for the Dodgers this season, and Rosenthal reported earlier that the Dodgers had planned to promote Seager only if he had a spot to play. This suggests that Turner's injury could perhaps be worse than expected.
Seager has split 2015 between Double-A and Triple-A, where he has accumulated a combined .292/.343/.486 batting line with 18 homers, 36 doubles and three triples on the season. Barring disaster, Seager should provide welcomed offensive production from short, especially given that Rollins has struggled at the plate for the bulk of the season. One of his biggest criticisms, however, is lack of speed, so the jury is still out on whether he'll see more time at third base or at shortstop.
Here are a few other rumors making their way around the league today:
Tim Linecum: It's very possible that the two-time Cy Young winner has thrown his last pitch as a San Francisco Giant. Jon Heyman tweeted that Lincecum underwent season-ending hip surgery this morning. Giants GM Bobby Evans said Thursday in a KNBR radio appearance , “He won’t be able to come back this season. That’s evident. He went to Colorado to see a specialist and get a second opinion and get an evaluation with the prospect that he will have surgery. The next step for him is to do everything he can and get back and get well, but it’s going to take him out for the season. What that leads to in terms of his progression health-wise will dictate what opportunities he has with us or elsewhere.” Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle suspects that the injury, coupled with Lincecum's sharp decline, makes it highly unlikely that the Giants would offer him a major league deal in the offseason. The good news is that there's belief among some doctors that Lincecum's hip troubles could be linked to his dip in velocity.
Minnesota Twins: Closer Glen Perkins told reporters today, including LaVelle E. Neal of the Minnesota Star Tribune, that he can "barely walk" due to back spasms. Jace Frederick of the Pioneer Press added that Perkins is "baffled" by the return of his back pain, since he pitched on Tuesday without incident. While Perkins recovers, a greater spotlight will shine on the Twins' recent acquisitions of Kevin Jepsen and Neal Cotts, who will be vital in the bullpen as the Twins hope to remain in wild-card contention.
Cleveland Indians: The Indians will likely promote left-hander Giovanni Soto and infielder Michael Martinez on Friday, but they'll have to clear space on the roster to do so, reports MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. There's speculation that Cleveland could move T.J. House to the 60-day disabled list to open up one spot, but without an obvious second injury-related roster move, a DFA could be in the works.