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Mike Krukow expects Jimmy Rollins to make Giants' Opening Day roster

Mike Krukow expects Jimmy Rollins to make Giants' Opening Day roster

On Monday, the Giants signed Jimmy Rollins to a minor-league contract.

Will he be on the team's 2017 Opening Day roster?

“I think he will be there," Mike Krukow declared on KNBR 680 on Tuesday morning. "I've always loved the guy. I've loved him for all the things that he does on and off the field. He's just a good solid citizen.

"This would be a significant chance for him because when he left the Phillies and he went to the Dodgers, he was in his own mind an everyday player. Even last year when he signed with the White Sox, in his mind he was an everyday player. Well now he knows by taking this offer from the Giants that it's not gonna be for an everyday role.

"When you come to that conclusion as a player that your role has changed and you're no longer an everyday player, you start to learn how to do it. You start to learn how to be a bench player. I think that this guy has a lot to give baseball and a lot to give a team still.

"And it's the kind of player that you want if your team has basically declared it has a chance to win, which the Giants have done, certainly by adding Melancon.

"When you bring in Jimmy Rollins -- that's a component that they haven’t really had in the last several years. That’s a real veteran who can come off the bench late and help. I like the add.

"It’s just a matter of can he make the team and I don’t have any doubt that he can. So I'm anticipating that in April he’s gonna be there and he’s gonna be a big part of this 2017 Giants team.”

Rollins appeared in only 41 games with the White Sox last season, after hitting .221 over 144 appearances for the Dodgers in 2015.

In 2007, Rollins hit .296 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI en route to claiming the NL MVP.

He will be competing against Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza for a roster spot.

"You're definitely gonna keep one of the two," Krukow said. "The pressure put on Adrianza and Tomlinson, well as it should be. Adrianza is a switch-hitting guy; he always seems to get a little bit better. But I don't know.

"If you go straight up, who's the better guy? Do you take Tomlinson?  He's got a lot to offer, plus he's been pretty clutch. Some of the at-bats that he's given the Giants in his young career, he's been a guy that's made a difference. I can't say that about Adrianza's at-bats. 

"So there's gonna be big-time competition for it and may the best man win."
 

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”