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Seager out of lineup with sore right hip

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OAKLAND -- Third baseman Kyle Seager was scratched from Sunday's lineup by the Mariners because of a sore right hip. The seven-year veteran says the issue is minor, and he hopes to be back Tuesday when Seattle opens a three-game series in Detroit.

Mike Freeman replaced Seager at third base for a second straight game and finished 0-for-4 in the 11-1 win. He made a diving catch of Jed Lowrie's liner in the sixth inning.

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OAKLAND -- Third baseman Kyle Seager was scratched from Sunday's lineup by the Mariners because of a sore right hip. The seven-year veteran says the issue is minor, and he hopes to be back Tuesday when Seattle opens a three-game series in Detroit.

Mike Freeman replaced Seager at third base for a second straight game and finished 0-for-4 in the 11-1 win. He made a diving catch of Jed Lowrie's liner in the sixth inning.

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Seager was limited to a pinch-hitting role in Saturday's 4-3 loss, and ripped an RBI triple off the wall in the eighth inning, but the hip was still bothering him Sunday morning.

"He said he could go, but we wanted to be proactive and hold him out with the off-day [Monday to heal further]," manager Scott Servais said.

Video: SEA@OAK: Freeman dives to snag Lowrie's liner

Seager said the hip has been bothering him for a few days, he suspects from swinging the bat, but he believes rest and treatment will help.

"It's not big deal," Seager said. "I did leg out the triple. I was hoping for a homer, though, I'm not going to lie. I was really banking on that being a homer."

Segura to return Tuesday

Further reinforcements are on the way to Detroit as shortstop Jean Segura is expected to be activated off the 10-day disabled list and rejoin the team for the start of that series. Segura has been out since April 10 with a strained right hamstring.

Segura's return will allow utility man Taylor Motter to return to that role, where he could help out at first base, left field or any of the other infield spots if needed, so Segura's return will help in several areas. Motter hit his first grand slam of his career in the victory Sunday. 

Video: SEA@OAK: Motter crushes a grand slam to center

"No doubt," Servais said. "Jean was one of the better hitters in the National League last year, and was off to a good start with us. That frees us up to do some things with Motter, and move him around the field as well."

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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