LOS ANGELES — Logan Forsythe is back with the Dodgers and in his first night back he bats leadoff in the series opener against the Cardinals. Forsythe batted leadoff in eight of the first 15 games of the season before he was placed on the disabled list on Apr. 19.
Forsythe was activated from the disabled list before Tuesday’s game.
The Dodgers have gotten solid production out of the leadoff spot this season, hitting .289/.352/.487, fourth in the majors in OPS (.839), fifth in wRC+ (125), and eighth in on-base percentage. That even includes .280/.357/.460 in 56 plate appearances since Andrew Toles tore his ACL on May 9.
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There have been a myriad of players bat leadoff this season for the Dodgers, including 16 starts by Toles, seven by Joc Pederson, five by Kiké Hernandez, four by Chris Taylor, four by Chase Utley, and one by Cody Bellinger.
Utley gets the start at second base on Tuesday night. He figures to share time with Taylor at the position at least until Justin Turner returns from the disabled list to take over third base, moving Forsythe back to second base.
Yasiel Puig also returns to the Dodgers lineup after not starting Saturday nor Sunday with a sore back. Puig, who is tied with Corey Seager for most starts on the team (41, entering Tuesday), was used as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, and struck out in the eighth inning.
Puig is 6-for-12 with three walks in his career against Lance Lynn.
Speaking of Toles, he had surgery earlier Tuesday to repair his torn ACL. The surgery was performed by Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. Toles is expected to miss the rest of the season.
St. Louis made a bullpen swap before Tuesday’s game, activating left-hander Tyler Lyons from the disabled list, and optioning right-hander Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis. The move gives the Cardinals three southpaws in their bullpen — Lyons, Brett Cecil, and Kevin Siegrist.
The Cardinals are carrying 13 pitchers on their active roster.