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Christian Yelich scratched again with lingering back injury


Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has the news …

Yelich was also a late scratch from the Marlins’ lineup exactly one week ago with the same lower back issue.

The 23-year-old outfielder is off to a frustrating start this season, batting just .200/.265/.222 with one extra-base hit (a double) in 49 plate appearances. And the Marlins are in last place in the NL East with a 3-10 record.

Yelich signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with Miami just before Opening Day.

Yasiel Puig returns to the Dodgers’ starting lineup

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From beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Yasiel Puig will be back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Giants after appearing in just one game over the last eight days because of a left hamstring injury.

Puig played in Saturday’s game versus the Rockies and even went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, but he was hobbling around the basepaths and in the outfield, so he got a few more days of maintenance.

The 24-year-old Cuban star boasts an .886 OPS in 34 plate appearances this season for the Dodgers, who lead the National League West with a record of 9-3.

Nolan Arenado, Corey Dickerson both out Tuesday night

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was a late scratch from Monday’s series opener against the Padres due to soreness in his left wrist and left fielder Corey Dickerson had to exit in the fourth inning after experiencing a flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Now they are both absent from the Colorado starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Rafael Ynoa will handle the hot corner and bat ninth versus Padres righty Brandon Morrow. Charlie Blackmon is in left field. Drew Stubbs is in center.

Arenado and Dickerson, who’ve combined for five home runs, 20 RBI, and 18 runs scored in 10 games this season, are both expected to return Wednesday.

Colorado is off to a 7-6 start this season, tied for third in the National League West.

Jesse Hahn might miss next start due to blister

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A’s right-hander Jesse Hahn made an early exit from his start Saturday against the Royals with a blister on his pitching hand and it sounds like he may miss a turn in Oakland’s rotation. Via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle

Hahn probably won’t throw his next bullpen session because his right middle finger split open last night. Whatever’s next for him is entirely up to the training staff, but he probably wouldn’t miss more than one start. Melvin specifically noted that the A’s don’t want this to be a recurring issue for Hahn.

Jesse Chavez came through with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Saturday after Hahn departed and could be asked to temporarily fill his rotation spot. Hahn, 25, boasts a 2.12 ERA and 0.94 WHIP through 17 innings this season for the Athletics. He registered a 3.07 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 73 1/3 innings last season for the Padres.