Yasiel Puig’s minor-league rehab assignment was shut down due to a setback with his strained hamstring and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted that the outfielder is “at least a couple weeks” from potentially coming off the disabled list.
Puig aggravated the hamstring injury while running to first base Monday at Single-A and Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Dodgers are now planning to take things very slow with his recovery to guard against more setbacks.
Andre Ethier has been killing the ball as Puig’s fill-in and the Dodgers are winning, so there’s no rush at the moment. Puig hit .279 with two homers and an .845 OPS in 11 games before the injury.
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.
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Steinberg here:
If Yasiel Puig isn’t going to flip his bat any longer, Harper can be the hero we need. Plus, it helps that he’s actually, you know, healthy and playing and stuff.
It’s like when Batman had a broken back and Jean-Paul Valley had to fill in for him. Although I assume this will end better for Harper than it did for Valley.
Yasiel Puig reaggravated his left hamstring strain Friday while running to first base in a rehab game at High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and the Dodgers hope to find out Sunday how big of a setback it will be.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the 24-year-old outfielder is due to undergo an MRI on the hamstring Sunday in Los Angeles.
“Obviously, everybody thought we were getting close to (activating him from the DL) Monday. That’s not going to happen,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday. “We’ll just kind of find out from the testing where we’re at. Then do what we have to do.”
Andre Ethier will continue to act as the primary right fielder for the Dodgers, who are 19-10.
Update: Well, that’s unfortunate. Puig actually reaggravated his hamstring injury during tonight’s game, leaving after five innings. So much for that.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is expected to rejoin the team on Monday, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Puig hasn’t played since April 24 due to a strained left hamstring.
Puig was batting .279/.380/.465 with two home runs and four RBI in 50 plate appearances prior to his injury. Andre Ethier has played in right field in Puig’s absence and has hit well, posting a .953 OPS with four home runs and 10 RBI in 86 plate appearances on the season.