Villar had drove in more than two runs just once this season, when he hit a pinch-hit grand slam against Pittsburgh on Sept. 4. Hitting at the top of the lineup, he hasn't been privy to regular RBI opportunities. But he managed his second multi-homer game Monday and now has 18 home runs on the season after hitting just 10 over 188 games in his first three seasons. Wherever Villar ends up in the Brewers infield, he looks to have a bright future in front of him.
Diaz was good friends with Jose Fernandez growing up, so he left for Miami to offer consolation to his family.
Since returning from the disabled list earlier in the month, Diaz has been played a bit less than before the injury, which could be in part to ease his thumb back into action, but could also be impacted by his .172 batting average since coming back. Jedd Gyorko will take over at shortstop in his stead.
Bostick was exchanged for minor league catcher Taylor Gushue and cash considerations. The 23-year-old infielder was originally a 44th round draft pick by the Athletics, but he exceeded expectations by showing an intriguing mix of pop and speed. His numbers dipped a good amount after being called up to Triple-A over the summer, but his .818 OPS with Double-A Harrisburg show some promise for the future. Josh Harrison was designated for assignment to make room for Bostick on the 40-man roster.
It was his third homer in the last five games, and Cabrera's knee won't be an issue if all he needs to do is keep trotting around the bases. The shortstop's now slashing .337/.409/.651 through 82 at-bats in September with six home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs scored, helping to fuel the Mets' wild card push.
The Dodgers were down to their last out when Seager, who'd tied the game with a run-scoring triple in his previous at-bat, smacked a game-tying homer off Adam Ottavino to send the game to extra innings. The long ball was his 26th of the year but first since Sept. 10. Seager finished the day a double short of the cycle, snapping an 0-for-13 skid at the plate and raising his slash line to .313/.371/.523.
Diaz returned from a fractured thumb about two weeks ago and has seen his workload limited a bit while he reintegrates himself. He'll sit out for the third time in five games, giving way to Jedd Gyorko at shortstop.
Crawford missed four games with a dislocated pinkie, but is back in action Sunday. He'll start at shortstop and hit seventh against Clayton Richard and the Padres. Crawford had gone just 5-for-24 (.208) over his last seven games prior to getting injured.
Descalso has started six of Colorado's last seven games, but will have Sunday afternoon off. In his place, Cristhian Adames will start at shortstop and hit seventh against Brandon McCarthy and the Dodgers.
Sardinas will give way to Adam Rosales at shortstop, who will hit fifth Sunday afternoon. The club has Monday off, so look for Sardinas to return for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.