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Yasmani Grandal returns to Dodgers lineup vs. Diamondbacks

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Yasmani Grandal returns to the Dodgers lineup after missing five games with left shoulder soreness, starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Dodgers against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Chase Field.

MRI results showed inflammation in Grandal's shoulder, something that has been bothering him for a month.

"If it’s hurting and I still think I can help the team, whether it’s defensively or offensively, I’m still going to be in there," Grandal said on Tuesday. "As far as pain-tolerance, like I said, I can tolerate pain. But if it gets to the point where I feel like I’m not going to help as much as I should then I’m probably going to shut it down for that day."

Grandal has been shut down for about a week, having last played last Saturday in San Diego. He is hitless in his last 33 at-bats, and is 1-for-43, with 10 walks, dating back to Aug. 11.

Grandal's hitless streak was briefly passed on Friday night by Ryan Howard, who extended his streak to 0-for-35 before snapping it with a double.

Against Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa, Grandal is 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and two walks, all this season.

Jimmy Rollins and his injured index finger remain out of the lineup for a fifth straight game, which means another start for Corey Seager, who has at least one hit in each of his first seven starts and sports a .500 on-base percentage in 32 plate appearances.

With a right-handed pitcher on the mound for Arizona, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are back in the outfield corners, and Joc Pederson starts in center. Ethier is 4-for-7 with a home run against De La Rosa, and Joc Pederson is 2-for-9 with a home run against him.