One game after fouling a ball off of his right ankle, and with a quick turnaround for the daytime series finale, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is out of the starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.
Seager was taken for X-rays after Wednesday’s game — X-rays were negative — with his ankle adding to his list of recent maladies. He also fouled off another ball off his right leg earlier on the trip, and has been dealing with right elbow soreness that has plagued him for roughly a month, and will be something he has to “manage” for the rest of 2017.
|1B||Bellinger (L)||RF||Williams (L)|
|2B||Utley (L)||CF||Herrera (S)|
Logan Forsythe gets the call at shortstop on Thursday, his first start at the position since Sept. 24, 2014 with the Rays. Forsythe played one game at shortstop earlier this season, playing 1⅓ innings in reserve on Sept. 2 in San Diego.
Forsythe in his career has played 20 games and 114⅓ defensive innings at shortstop, including 12 starts.
With Seager out of the lineup, the heart of the order moves up a spot, including Yasiel Puig batting cleanup. That gives Puig 10 starts batting fourth this season, his fifth different spot in the batting order with at least 10 starts — 57 starts batting eighth, 21 starts batting fifth, 19 starts batting sixth, and 18 times batting seventh.