The Dodgers released their roster for the NLCS on Saturday morning and it made Dodger fans everywhere feel some type of way. The good news was that Pedro Baez was not on it and was replaced by Joc Pederson. The bad news was that Corey Seager was not on the roster either due to a muscular back issue, and was replaced by Charlie Culberson.

The problem in Seager’s back came from a slide in Game 3 of the NLDS. Seager received treatment the very next day and did not workout with the team on Thursday or Friday. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough.

Here are a few quotes from Dave Roberts that provide more details about Corey Seager’s injury, compliments of J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group.

So as you can see from the tweets above, Roberts gave a bit of an open ending about whether or not there is a chance that Corey Seager makes an appearance in the NLCS. Leaving Seager off allows the Dodgers to potentially bring him back this series by placing a player that is currently on the 25-man roster on the disabled list. However, a tweet from David Vassegh also revealed that Corey Seager has not even been cleared to run or swing a bat, which is pretty concerning.

If a player is placed on the disabled list in the middle of a series, then that player is ineligible to play in the following series. Thus, if they had put Corey Seager on the roster and he had to be placed on the disabled list in the middle of the series, he would not have been available for the World Series. This move allows the Dodgers to either rest Seager for the entirety of the NLCS or bring him back at some point in the middle of the series and still have him for the World Series.

Personally, I don’t think we see Seager in the NLCS. It just doesn’t make sense to leave him off if he would have been ready after taking the first couple of games off. The fact that he is not even cleared to run or swing a bat also makes me hesitant to think we will see him at all this series. To put the Cherry on top of the sundae that is this mess, Andy McCullough of the LA Times tweeted that Corey Seager will not be traveling with the team to Chicago.

The Dodgers have Charlie Culberson starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Game 1 of the NLCS. In triple-A this year, Culberson put up a slash line of .250/.299/.336 and hit four home runs. He’s no Corey Seager, but he’s the Dodgers’ best option right now.

This is far from an ideal situation, but the Dodgers were built for moments like this. Their depth is remarkable, and this is their opportunity to prove it.

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