Jimmy Rollins remains out of the lineup for the Dodgers on Friday night against the Diamondbacks, out for a fourth straight game since suffering a bruised knuckle in his right index finger on Sunday in San Diego.
That means one step closer to Wally Pipp staus for Rollins, and yet another start for Corey Seager, his seventh start in eight games since getting called up to the majors, and his fifth at shortstop.
Seager has taken that opportunity and ran with it, though not literally outside of his one stolen base on Sunday in San Diego. Seager has at least one hit in each of his six major league starts, hitting .360/.429/.520 with four doubles, four RBI and three walks so far.
The Dodgers are going with a pair of 21-year-olds in the middle infield, with Jose Peraza recovered from his hamstring tightness of the last week to start at second base, his first start since Sept. 1. Chase Utley gets a day off against the left-handed Robbie Ray.
Friday night marks the first time the Dodgers have started a pair of middle infielders both 21 or younger since September 28, 1947, when on the last day of the regular season after the National League pennant was clinched Brooklyn started Tommy Brown, 20, at shortstop and Eddie Miksis, 19, at second base against the Boston Braves.
A.J. Ellis starts at catcher for the Dodgers, his 25th start in the 31 times the Dodgers have faced a left-handed pitcher with Ellis on the active roster this season.
With the southpaw on the mound for Arizona, he Dodgers again go with the all right-handed outfield of Justin Ruggiano in left field, Chris Heisey in center, and Scott Van Slyke in right field.
The Diamondbacks before Friday's game activated pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the disabled list, though it isn't expected to factor into this weekend series at all. Hellickson will start on Monday for Arizona.