Yasiel Puig’s first attempt at a minor league rehab assignment was halted about a month ago due to a setback with his left hamstring strain, but he’s starting to ramp things up again.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Puig was able to run at nearly 100 percent Monday at the team’s Camelback Ranch complex in Arizona. While Mattingly wouldn’t provide a timeline for his return, Puig hinted via his Twitter account this afternoon that another minor league rehab assignment likely isn’t far off.
Puig, who has been out since April 24, was hitting .279 (12-for-43) with two home runs and four RBI over his first 11 games prior to the injury. The Dodgers’ depth has been tested with Carl Crawford also sidelined, but players like Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero, and Scott Van Slyke have done a nice job filling in.
Craig Calcaterra wrote this morning that Astros fans were speculating about a call-up for top prospect shortstop Carlos Correa after he made an early exit from yesterday’s game with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Well, not so fast. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Correa is dealing with some minor soreness in his right heel.
Correa actually hurt his heel on a slide into home plate yesterday, but there was no immediate report about any kind of physical issue. The good news is that his absence is considered precautionary and Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said there’s no concern about the fractured right fibula he suffered last year. It doesn’t sound like he’ll need to miss much time.
Correa, 20, is batting .241/.307/.430 with three home runs, eight RBI, and three stolen bases over 19 games since his promotion to Triple-A. It’s widely believed that the Super Two cut-off will dictate the timing of his major league debut, but he’s not far off.
After missing two games with an ankle injury, Adam Jones is back in the Orioles’ lineup as the designated hitter tonight against the Astros.
Jones sprained his left ankle on a slide into home plate on Thursday night and hasn’t played since Friday, but the swelling has subsided and he told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he felt fine after running in the outfield this afternoon. While he’d rather be playing center field, he acknowledged that he shouldn’t “try to be Superman right now.”
Jones is off to another strong start this season, batting .304/.343/.457 with six home runs and 26 RBI across 48 games.