As announced Sunday on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ official Twitter feed …
Puig initially injured his left hamstring on April 13 while trying to make a catch in the outfield and wound up missing the Dodgers’ next three games. He returned on April 18 and even went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, but he had a noticeable hobble in that game and then had to be pulled from Friday night’s series opener against the Padres with renewed hamstring discomfort. Andre Ethier will presumably serve as the Dodgers’ primary right fielder over the next couple of weeks. He’s starting there in Sunday’s series finale with the Friars.
Peralta has been filling in at closer for LA while Kenley Jansen recovers from offseason foot surgery, converting three saves in three opportunities without allowing a run. Chris Hatcher may be the guy now.
Via Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com …
The odds of Max Scherzer making his scheduled start Tuesday night in Atlanta look slim after the Nationals ace was unable to throw Sunday morning without feeling discomfort in his right thumb, which he suggested is the byproduct of a sprained ligament.
Scherzer jammed his right thumb during an at-bat Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals. It doesn’t sound like a serious injury, but the $210 million right-hander isn’t going to be rushed back. “I’ve dealt with an injury before in college where I had a cut on my middle finger, and I went back out there and pitched in pain,” he told reporters Sunday morning. “And two weeks later, I had biceps tendinitis and really almost kind of messed up my shoulder. I really respect the fact that you really have to be 100 percent to go back out there. And in this case, that’s how I’m going to treat it.”
Scherzer owns a 1.26 ERA, 0.837 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings with Washington.
Tanner Roark could lead a bullpen game for the Nationals on Tuesday against the Braves.
Last week, it looked like Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista might be headed to the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. He has now missed five straight games, but the news Sunday was good …
Bautista told Shi Davidi of Toronto’s Sportsnet that he is aiming to return to action during the Blue Jays’ upcoming three-game series in Boston. He’s feeling gradual improvement with his right shoulder, which he aggravated last Tuesday night while trying to gun down Delmon Young at first base from right field.
Michael Saunders is in right field and Kevin Pillar is in center for Sunday’s series finale against the Rays.
Bautista had tallied four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games before this extended absence.
Pretty cool moment from Saturday night’s game between the Cardinals and Brewers …
If you didn’t watch the entire clip, Cardinals right-hander Mitch Harris is the first graduate of the United States Naval Academy to appear in a major league game since 1921. He struck out Adam Lind — the first batter he faced — and then worked around a couple singles and a couple walks to deliver 1 1/3 scoreless frames.
From Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA comes word that the Dodgers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with Mike Carp. The 28-year-old first baseman and outfielder will report to the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.
Carp was released by the Nationals at the end of spring training after failing to win an Opening Day roster spot. But he has a decent .744 OPS (108 OPS+) in exactly 1,000 career major league plate appearances and will serve as quality organizational outfield depth this summer for Los Angeles.
Carp, a ninth-round pick back in 2004, has played for the Mariners, Red Sox, and Rangers in parts of six big league seasons.