Yasiel Puig was lifted from a rehab game Friday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga after reaggravating his left hamstring strain while running to first base. He underwent an MRI on Monday, which confirmed that he’s going to have to back off from baseball activities.
“A little bit of a setback,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed Tuesday evening to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group.
Puig might not have to completely start over, but it figures that he’ll be shut down for at least a week to give the hamstring more time to heal. The 24-year-old Cuban outfielder has been on the disabled list since April 24 and this hamstring injury has been bothering him since the second week of the regular season. Andre Ethier has been serving as the Dodgers’ right fielder.
Bill Shanks of Atlanta Dugout was first to this …
Atlanta Dugout.com has learned Braves left-hander Mike Minor will undergo shoulder surgery and will likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
The specifics of the surgery aren’t known, but it’s obviously going to be a pretty significant procedure.
Minor was limited to 145 1/3 innings last season due to left shoulder troubles and posted a disappointing 4.77 ERA when healthy. He felt renewed shoulder discomfort a few days before his scheduled 2015 Grapefruit League debut and opened the regular season on the disabled list. Now he’ll finish it on the DL, too.
Minor was awarded a $5.6 million salary in late February following an arbitration hearing.
The 27-year-old will be a non-tender candidate this winter despite his past success.
From beat writer T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com comes word that Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin aggravated his sprained left wrist Monday night when he got jammed by an inside pitch. Martin is not in the Rangers’ lineup on Tuesday against the Royals and he could be looking at an extended absence.
Martin missed four straight games last week with the same injury and it obviously hadn’t fully healed. The 27-year-old was batting just .209/.246/.278 through his first 123 plate appearances this season.
Delino DeShields Jr. is playing center field and batting ninth for the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Big story here from Joel Sherman of the New York Post …
One of the most vital moments of this season will occur Thursday at a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles between Troy Tulowitzki and his longtime agent, Paul Cohen.
The two will decide whether it is time to ask Rockies management for a trade.
“To say that it is not a possibility would be silly,” Cohen told The Post by phone.
Tulo hinted pretty loudly last year that he wanted out of Colorado, and the Rockies again look like a non-contender.
So it sounds like the volume might be ready to pick up from the star shortstop’s camp.
In a followup, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the Rockies are not ready to talk about a Tulowitzki trade and are instead searching for pitching that would come at a “low acquisition cost.” Good luck with that.
Tulowitzki began the 2015 season with six years and $118 million left on his contract.
The 30-year-old is batting .307/.317/.495 with two homers and 10 RBI in 28 games.
Astros right fielder George Springer was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list May 6 after ramming his head into the outfield wall at Minute Maid Park while making a spectacular grab on the night of May 5. But there’s good news on that front.
According to beat writer Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Springer has been cleared to play in a minor league rehab game on Tuesday evening at Double-A Corpus Christi and is expected to rejoin the Astros on Wednesday in Houston for the second game of a two-game series against the Giants.
Springer had tallied four home runs, 10 stolen bases, and 14 runs scored in 27 games before landing on the 7-day disabled list. The 25-year-old had 20 homers and 51 RBI in 78 games last season as a rookie.