Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers have placed outfielder Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Infield prospect Jose Peraza has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Puig left Thursday night’s game against the Reds after trying to leg out an infield single against Aroldis Chapman. The hamstring injury is his second of the season, as he also missed time between April 25 and June 5 with a left hamstring strain. He hits the shelf batting .256/.324/.440 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 306 plate appearances.
Peraza, acquired from the Braves on July 30 as part of a three-team trade that also included the Marlins, batted .167 over six at-bats in his first stint in the majors earlier this month. MLB.com rated him the 38th-best overall prospect in baseball entering the 2015 season.
Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez did his best to catch up to the heat from Reds closer Aroldis Chapman this afternoon. It didn’t go so well initially, as he nearly swung out of his shoes. Check it out below:
Hernandez picked himself up, dusted himself off and eventually put the ball in play, reaching on an error by Brandon Phillips. That qualifies as redemption in my book.
Hernandez took to Twitter after the game to explain his swing against Chapman.
Sounds reasonable to me. Somebody should really look into that.
This afternoon’s game against the Reds could be a costly one for the Dodgers, as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and right fielder Yasiel Puig both exited with injuries.
Gonzalez fouled a ball off his left knee and, after initially remaining in the game, eventually exited with what the Dodgers are calling a contusion.
Puig re-tweaked his right hamstring beating out an infield single off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning and immediately the game.
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman pitched just once in the span of 12 days because of shoulder soreness, but he was on back on the mound Monday to work the ninth inning of a blowout win.
Chapman didn’t look sharp, walking two of the five batters he faced, but manager Bryan Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that “he’s past that point where I think the soreness is out of there and he should be good to go.”
There was a lot of trade speculation swirling around Chapman last month, as the Reds moved multiple veterans including ace Johnny Cueto, but nothing came of the Chapman rumors. Expect the speculation to start up again this winter, because 2016 is Chapman’s final year before hitting the open market as a free agent and, assuming his shoulder is fine down the stretch, the Reds could cash him in for a big return.
Chapman has a 1.78 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 51 innings this season.