Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesAtlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson will reportedly miss the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Paul Konerko Jersey
, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic.Swanson has been out since Sept. 25 with a partially torn ligament in his hand, and the issue is bad enough to keep him off the playoff roster for the opening series.The 24-year-old finished the season hitting .238 with 14 home runs and 10 stolen basis in 136 games.Perhaps most importantly, he is an above-average defender at a premium position who ranked third in the National League with a .981 fielding percentage at shortstop, per Baseball Reference.The Braves were reportedly "cautiously optimistic" that Swanson would be healthy enough to return to the field in time for the start of the postseason http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-carlos-rodon-jersey
, per Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Unfortunately, he felt discomfort after taking swings on Saturday, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.Swanson will hope he can be healthy enough to play in time for the NLCS, assuming Atlanta is able to advance beyond the first round.Meanwhile Nellie Fox Jersey
, utilityman Charlie Culberson will likely move into the starting lineup at shortstop after filling in for Swanson over the final week of the regular season.The 29-year-old has played seven different positions this season鈥攅verything but catcher and center field鈥攊ncluding 15 starts at shortstop. After hitting .270 with a .792 OPS this year, the Braves will be in good shape even without one of their top young players. BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local):12:03 a.m.Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging in the World Series opener, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on a chilly Tuesday night.Benintendi delivered four hits http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-harold-baines-jersey
, Martinez drove in two early runs and pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez golfed a three-run homer to seal it. The 108-win Red Sox got a solid effort from their bullpen after an expected duel between aces Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw never developed.Xander Bogaerts hit into a go-ahead forceout in the fifth and Rafael Devers followed with an RBI single for a 5-3 lead.After Manny Machado hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh for his third RBI, Nunez homered over the Green Monster off Alex Wood in the bottom half.Boston’s David Price faces Hyun-Jin Ryun in Game 2 on Wednesday. This marks just the third World Series in which both starting pitchers in the first two games are lefties.