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Corey Seager returns to Dodgers lineup for Freeway Series finale

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MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After missing five games with a right hamstring strain, Corey Seager is back in the Dodgers lineup on Thursday night, starting at shortstop in the club’s Freeway Series finale against the Angels in Anaheim.

Starting lineups

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

Seager first felt the hamstring tightness on a swing last Friday, and exited the game after just two innings. The club has resisted placing Seager on the 10-day disabled list, in hopes he would be able to play well before the 10 days were up.

The last few days have seen Seager ramp up his pregame work, testing his hamstring on the field, running the bases, and during batting practice.

Seager was on fire before getting injured. He was 2-for-2 in the game he left early, and has reached base by hit or walk in each of his last 14 starts. He’s hitting .329/.433/.605 with five home runs, six doubles, 13 walks, 15 RBI and 19 runs scored in 22 games in June.

With Seager back in the lineup, Chris Taylor gets the night off on Thursday.

The designated hitter roulette falls on Justin Turner on Thursday, his third start at DH this season.