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Corey Seager returns to lineup, faces brother Kyle for the first time ever

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MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX — Corey Seager said he still feels a knot in his stomach but is good enough to return to the Dodgers’ lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Mariners in Peoria.

Seager will be the designated hitter on Sunday, batting second against Seattle, and will face his brother Kyle Seager in a game for the first time, at any level.

There is still no timetable for Seager to play shortstop in a major league game but he continues his throwing program during workouts, progressively adding more though at a deliberately slow pace.

“It’s not very aggressive but it’s what we believe is best for Corey,” manager Dave Roberts said. “When he’s in a major league game playing shortstop I don’t know the date, but we’ve left enough time on the calendar to get a few innings out there defensively.”

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Mariners
Pos Dodgers Pos Mariners
2B Utley (L) LF Gamel (L)
DH Seager (L) SS Segura
3B Turner 2B Cano (L)
LF Kemp DH Cruz
C Grandal (S) 3B Seager (L)
CF Pederson (L) C Zunino
RF Toles (L) RF Perkins
1B Muncy (L) 1B Ford (L)
SS Solano CF Miller (L)
Time: 12:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA, Radio: none

Roberts estimated roughly 10 games at shortstop during spring training “would be plenty” for Seager to get ready for opening day.

After playing the Dodgers’ spring opener on Friday Seager was scratched on Saturday with an illness. “Something at lunch kind of got his stomach,” manager Roberts said. “He felt a little queasy, and to force him to go out there didn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

Seager was a non-roster invitee in camp in 2015 and spent significant time nursing injuries during spring training in 2016 and 2017, so Sunday is the first time Seager will have ever played the Mariners, let alone against his brother.

The Dodgers play the Mariners in the regular season, too, visiting Seattle for a weekend series at Safeco Field from Aug. 17-19.

Clayton Kershaw makes his first Cactus League start and is expected to pitch two innings as he builds up toward his opening day start.

Other Dodgers slated to pitch on Sunday include Scott Alexander, Tom Koehler, Brock Stewart, Pedro Baez and Mark Lowe.

J.T. Chargois reported to Dodgers camp on Sunday, and is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday after getting squared away with his physical today. Roberts said Chargois threw two bullpen sessions in Twins camp before he was claimed off waivers, and threw off a mound four times before coming to camp.

Chargois will wear No. 47.

Game info

Time: 12:10 p.m. PT

Locations: Peoria Sports Complex

TV: SportsNet LA (Joe Davis, Orel Hershiser)

Radio: none

Streaming: MLBtv