Yasiel Puig’s first attempt at a minor league rehab assignment was halted about a month ago due to a setback with his left hamstring strain, but he’s starting to ramp things up again.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Puig was able to run at nearly 100 percent Monday at the team’s Camelback Ranch complex in Arizona. While Mattingly wouldn’t provide a timeline for his return, Puig hinted via his Twitter account this afternoon that another minor league rehab assignment likely isn’t far off.
Puig, who has been out since April 24, was hitting .279 (12-for-43) with two home runs and four RBI over his first 11 games prior to the injury. The Dodgers’ depth has been tested with Carl Crawford also sidelined, but players like Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero, and Scott Van Slyke have done a nice job filling in.
Reds reliever Tony Cingrani hit Bryce Harper in the back with a fastball in the seventh inning of Friday night’s game against the Nationals. Here’s the video. Putting Harper on first base meant that the tying run was only 270 feet away from home plate, so it’s difficult to see Cingrani wanting to hit Harper on purpose in that situation.
As Harper was hit square in the back, he took his time getting to first base. Per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, first baseman Joey Votto was not happy about the way Harper handled the situation, for some reason. He was 0-for-3 to that point, so it wasn’t like he gawked at a home run.
Cingrani wasn’t happy about Harper, either.
Harper is still only 22 years old, but he’s in his fourth year in the majors and has unquestionably been the best player in baseball so far this season. For whatever reason, some players like Harper — as well as Yasiel Puig and Carlos Gomez — become lightning rods with which older players use to make points about the unwritten rules.
Grant Brisbee wrote a terrific column about baseball’s unwritten rules at SB Nation recently, which certainly has relevance here.
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.