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Seager close to returning to lineup

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ANAHEIM -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will return to the starting lineup Thursday or Friday, manager Dave Roberts said on Wednesday.

Seager, who injured his hamstring during a swing last Friday against the Rockies, was out of the starting linuep for the fifth straight game on Wednesday at Angel Stadium but was considered available to pinch-hit.

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ANAHEIM -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will return to the starting lineup Thursday or Friday, manager Dave Roberts said on Wednesday.

Seager, who injured his hamstring during a swing last Friday against the Rockies, was out of the starting linuep for the fifth straight game on Wednesday at Angel Stadium but was considered available to pinch-hit.

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"He ran 100 percent," Roberts said, "swung the bat, ran, kind of simulated getting out the box, took grounders. He did everything. All the boxes are checked. As much as we were thinking about putting him on the disabled list, we're not going to do that."

Roberts said he hasn't decided whether Seager will start Thursday's Freeway Series finale, but said he will likely be back in the lineup on Friday. The reigning National League Rookie of the Year is batting .298 with 12 home runs and has scored a club-leading 56 runs.

Worth noting

Scott Kazmir will throw a bullpen session with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt on Thursday, Roberts said. The lefty has spent the majority of the season working to build up his velocity at the Dodgers' facility in Arizona.

Kazmir, who was in the Dodgers' clubhouse before Wednesay's game, went through a weighted ball program to help build up his arm strength, but said he didn't see much results. The southpaw said he has changed his delivery to make it simpler.

"The past three of four years I'd pick my leg up and swing it all crazy," Kazmir said. "Now it's just literally straight up and down. It takes a lot of pressure off my hips."

Kazmir made a rehab start on June 26th, giving up four hits and one home run in three innings of work and will make another start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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