The Dodgers have activated outfielder Yasiel Puig from the 15-day disabled list, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Outfielder Scott Schebler was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear room on the roster.
Puig hasn’t played since April 24 due to a strained left hamstring. He was expected to return earlier, but suffered a setback in mid-May. Puig, 24, was hitting .279/.380/.465 with two home runs and four RBI in 50 plate appearances prior to the injury.
Puig is in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Saturday night’s home game against the Cardinals.
Out since April 24 with a hamstring injury followed by multiple setbacks, Yasiel Puig is now on the verge of rejoining the Dodgers.
Puig went 2-for-4 with a double off the wall in a minor-league rehab game Thursday at Single-A and George Alfano of MLB.com reports that he “hopes to be back with the Dodgers this weekend.”
Puig specifically mentioned wanting to come off the disabled list for Saturday’s game, but added that it’s not his decision and it’s possible the Dodgers will want to play things a little safe to avoid another setback.
Also of note: Puig revealed that his hamstring is still “not 100 percent now, but it felt comfortable.”
From J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News …
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is going out on a second minor-league rehabilitation stint Thursday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes are scheduled to begin a seven-game road trip through Lancaster (Thursday-Sunday) and Modesto (Monday-Wednesday).
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Puig should be able to return to the active major league roster sometime next week if he’s able to avoid further setbacks. Puig first began a rehab assignment on May 7, but he reaggravated his left hamstring a day later and got shut down for over three weeks. He hasn’t played in a game for Los Angeles since April 24.
Puig’s return creates some issues with Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, and Alex Guerrero all playing well. But that is a good problem to have, and injuries and production levels usually sort these things out.
Puig, 24, was batting .279/.380/.465 through his first 50 plate appearances this season.