by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/11/2013) The Dodgers optioned shortstop Justin Sellers to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, just one day after he joined the team. Sellers appeared in one game as a pinch hitter, striking out in his lone at-bat.
Justin Sellers gets the call
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/10/2013) The Dodgers recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Triple-A Albuquerque Monday to take Matt Magill's spot on the roster.
Sellers hit just .191 in 68 at-bats earlier in the season for the Dodgers, but he was hitting .337 at Triple-A at the time of his recall.
Dodgers swap Justin Sellers for Tim Federowicz
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) The Dodgers recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque Wednesday and optioned infielder Justin Sellers to the same affiliate.
Can Justin Sellers be of any help?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013)Justin Sellers earned a vote of confidence from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly Tuesday, who told MLB.com that Sellers will remain the starting shortstop until Hanley Ramirez can return from the disabled list. Does that mean Fantasy owners should have any confidence in him?
Given that the first thing Mattingly pointed to in support of Sellers was his glove work, the answer to that should be pretty obvious. If not, the .167 batting average through 12 games is a dead giveaway. Sellers does not have much of a track record in the minor leagues that would indicate he is capable of being a Fantasy producer; just a pair of double-digit home run seasons played mostly in the inflated hitting environment of the Pacific Coast League.
Sellers has an abnormally low .192 batting average on balls in play, but even that does little to explain away his lack of Fantasy value. Sellers is dreadfully lacking in power, with just one extra-base hit in 41 at-bats. He is strikeout prone for a hitter without much power, a bad combination that is unlikely to lead to a high average. Outside of maybe the rare 14-team, NL-only Fantasy league, Sellers is simply not worth your time.
Don Mattingly sticking with Justin Sellers at SS
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com on Tuesday that Justin Sellers will remain the starting shortstop while Hanley Ramirez is on the disabled list.
While Sellers is batting just .176 through 34 at-bats, Mattingly said his defense makes up for his lack of offensive production.
"I'm comfortable with Sells, especially defensively, we've gotten what we wanted," Mattingly said before Tuesday's game against the Padres. "Offensively, I shouldn't say I expect him to hit a little bit more. It's kind of, in a sense, you get what you expect. I think he can get better. I think he can improve."
Justin Sellers finding his groove?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Dodgers shortstop Justin Sellers had his first multi-hit game of the season Wednesday at San Diego, extending his hitting streak to three games. Sellers is batting .500 (4 for 8) during his modest hitting streak after going hitless (0 for 13) in his first four games.
Sellers also has one home run, one RBI and three walks in his last three games.
No need to pursue Justin Sellers
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/3/2013) With early struggles at the plate, Fantasy owners have been given little reason to pursue Justin Sellers, who has been filling in as the Dodgers' shortstop in place of Hanley Ramirez (thumb). Still, deep league owners may see Sellers' .294/.383/.515 line from his three stints at Triple-A Albuquerque and think there is some Fantasy value there.
Sellers can draw walks, but he relied on a high flyball rate and favorable park effects to achieve his power numbers. His flyball-hitting ways won't produce the same results in Dodger Stadium, so owners won't get much from Sellers in any category. He can be bypassed in virtually all Fantasy formats.
Manager sticking with Justin Sellers at short
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Dodgers shortstop Justin Sellers had a rough game in the field during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Giants. Sellers made two critical errors in the field, which led to two Giants' runs.
However, one bad game in the field isn't enough for manager Don Mattingly to reconsider removing Sellers as the team's starting shortstop while Hanley Ramirez is sidelined.
"Nothing happened in that inning that changed anything," Mattingly said, per The Los Angeles Times.
Offense has been a struggle for Sellers to begin the season as well. He's gone hitless in his first six at-bats, which have included a pair of strikeouts.
Justin Sellers to start in place of Hanley Ramirez
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013)Justin Sellers will be the Dodgers starting shortstop Monday, according to CBSSports.com's Scott Miller.
After Hanley Ramirez went down, the team was expected to use Luis Cruz at short and Juan Uribe at third. Manager Don Mattingly added the move was made for defensive reasons, saying "we're willing to sacrifice offense to do it." Sellers, 27, hit .205/.286/.386 in 50 plate appearances last season.
Dodgers give nod to Justin Sellers at short
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) At the time of Hanley Ramirez's injury earlier this month, shortstop Justin Sellers was not considered a candidate to take over the starting job and wasn't even in the team's big-league camp. But an impressive final week of the spring has seemingly altered manager Don Mattingly's thinking as Sellers claimed a spot on the roster and is expected to serve as the Dodgers' starting shortstop on opening day.
Although the 27-year-old produced a lowly .214 batting average and .290 on-base percentage, Mattingly has been impressed with Sellers' defense. Luis Cruz, the presumed starting shortstop in Ramirez's absence, is slated to start at third base.
Manager buying into Justin Sellers
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) When starting shortstop Hanley Ramirez went down with an injury that would keep him sidelined two months, the Dodgers were expected to slide Luis Cruz over from third base to the position. But that thinking has seemingly changed, as manager Don Mattingly is not fully committed to Cruz after watching Justin Sellers handle the position with better range recently.
"Not really," he told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. "We're still looking at other options. I like Sellers -- he's not bad. He can catch it a little bit."
Sellers was reassigned to the team's minor-league camp on March 19, but returned to the parent club Wednesday and played in the past two games, collecting a hit in both.
"I hope I'm in the mix," he said. "They know I can play shortstop. For me to get the call the other night, to tell me I'm coming back up here, that means a lot to me. Just so I know I'm in the back of their minds and they have the confidence in me."
Dodgers move three to minors
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) The Los Angeles Dodgers pared down their roster Tuesday by optioning shortstop Justin Sellers and relief pitcher Shawn Tolleson to Triple-A Albuquerque. The team also reassigned catcher Jesus Flores to its minor-league camp.
Sellers arrested after chase
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (1/20/2013) Dodgers shortstop Justin Sellers was arrested in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, after allegedly driving recklessly on his motorcycle and leading police into a brief chase, according to KCRA.com. Sellers was reportedly doing "wheelies" on his motorcycle, and when police tried to pull him over, he initially sped away from them. He missed most of the 2012 season with a back injury that ultimately required surgery. Sellers hit .205 in 44 at-bats.