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Corey Seager still out of Dodgers lineup, Yasiel Puig returns

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Los Angeles Dodgers v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is out of the starting lineup for a fifth straight day, this time in Anaheim against the Angels on Wednesday night.

Seager did work out on the field before the game, but did not clear whatever threshold was needed to rejoin the lineup. So he remains in limbo, somewhere in between not starting but possibly available and the disabled list.

Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup after sitting on Tuesday with hamstring and knee soreness. Puig starts in right field.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Angels
Pos Dodgers Pos Angels
1B Utley (L) CF Maybin
CF Pederson (L) RF Calhoun (L)
3B Turner DH Pujols
DH Bellinger (L) 3B Escobar
SS Taylor SS Simmons
C Grandal (S) C Maldonado
2B Forsythe 1B Marte
RF Puig 2B Espinosa (S)
LF Thompson LF Revere (L)
Time: 7:07 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA, Fox Sports West, MLB Network

Trayce Thompson starts in left field with Chase Utley at first base on Wednesday. Chris Taylor gets the call at shortstop.

Cody Bellinger starts at designated hitter, a pseudo rest for someone who has played every game since getting called up to the majors. Since his debut, Bellinger not only leads the majors in home runs (24) and RBI (56), but also leads the team in games (59 entering Wednesday) and starts (57 before this game).

This is the 21st year of interleague play, and the Dodgers have gotten less production out of their designated hitters than all but one other team in baseball during that span. Dodgers DHs have hit .230/.311/.335 — only the Expos/Nationals have been worse, with a .634 OPS — and their 10 home runs are the fewest during that span.

In the first three games in American League parks this season — in Cleveland — the Dodgers started Chase Utley once and Justin Turner twice at DH, and Kiké Hernandez saw some time there as well. They were a combined 2-for-13 with a double and a hit by pitch.

Turner is back in the lineup on Wednesday after getting a rest day on Tuesday.