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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight that does not include Corey Seager who is resting a sore right elbow per reports from Chase Field.

(Vassegh later tweeted a correction to “right elbow”.)

The Dodgers shortstop has a currently active 15-game hitting streak during which he has collected exactly one extra-base hit, a double, leading to a slash line of .348/.362/.364.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Diamondbacks
Pos Dodgers Pos Diamondbacks
CF Taylor LF Peralta (L)
LF Granderson (L) C Iannetta
3B Turner CF Pollock (L)
C Grandal (S) 1B Goldschmidt
RF Puig RF Martinez
1B Gonzalez (L) 2B Drury
2B Forsythe 3B Lamb (L)
SS Hernandez SS Rosales
P Hill (L) P Godley
Time: 6:40 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

Seager’s last hitless game was on August 9 in Chase Field.

In the reigning National League Rookie of the Year’s place, Kiké Hernández gets the call at shortstop, making his 13th start of the year at that position.

Hernández is currently batting .173/.258/.278 against right-handed pitching this season and has never faced Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley before in his career.

Notes

While the Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks in Chase Field, Cody Bellinger will be playing a rehab game at nearby Camelback Ranch.

For at least the first game back, Bellinger will play first base rather than Adrian Gonzalez.

Manager Dave Roberts disclosed the upcoming planned starting pitchers through the weekend with one exception:

Saturday is September 2, after the active roster can be expanded to include anyone on the 40-man roster, so there may be several potential candidates for that start.

Catcher Chris Iannetta starts in the second spot of the Arizona batting order for only the 11th time in his career, and the eighth time this season. Five of those those previous times occurred in August. The Diamondbacks must be catching lightning in a bottle because Iannetta’s slash line as a number-two hitter this year is .345/.387/.621 in 31 PA.