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.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig missed four games last week with a left hamstring injury and he was forced to leave last night’s game against the Padres after aggravating the injury.
It was an eventful night for Puig, who was hit in the left leg by a pitch in the first inning. He remained in the game, but then pulled up lame after grounding out to lead off the sixth inning and was removed. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Puig will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of a stint on the disabled list.
“The DL is always on the table” when dealing with a re-injury, Mattingly said. “As of right now, there’s not much more we can do tonight.”
The Dodgers need to call up a starter for Sunday, so we could see a move soon. Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, and the hot-hitting Alex Guerrero are all options to fill in for Puig.
From beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Yasiel Puig will be back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Giants after appearing in just one game over the last eight days because of a left hamstring injury.
Puig played in Saturday’s game versus the Rockies and even went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, but he was hobbling around the basepaths and in the outfield, so he got a few more days of maintenance.
The 24-year-old Cuban star boasts an .886 OPS in 34 plate appearances this season for the Dodgers, who lead the National League West with a record of 9-3.
Yasiel Puig was able to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Saturday night after missing three games with left hamstring soreness and he even went 2-for-3. But the 24-year-old Cuban outfielder was in obvious discomfort as he ran the bases and played defense, so he will get another game off on Sunday.
Andre Ethier is starting in right field and batting fifth in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the visiting Rockies. Scott Van Slyke will start in left field in place of Carl Crawford, who is battling flu-like symptoms. Justin Turner will play third base and hit second.
Puig, who boasts an .886 through 34 plate appearances, is considered day-to-day.
The other day we (meaning I) were emotionally shattered to learn that Yasiel Puig is going to try not to flip his bat anymore. It’s been a struggle just to get out of bed in the morning since then and it’s hard to know if life will ever be the same.
But, let it be known that, to the extent anyone claims that the Dodgers would prefer that Puig stop flipping his bats, put his head down and just be one of the guys, it’s not a uniform sentiment within the organization.
I received a copy of the Dodgers team yearbook this morning (remember: my kids are fans now, for whatever reason). It’s great. The cover story is a big feature on Fernando Valenzuela and it has all of the fun stuff you can expect from a yearbook. But it also has this full-page pic in the section introducing the Dodgers’ outfielders:
Maybe the baseball ops people would love Puig to lower his profile, but his bat-flipping, Mach 2-with-his-hair-on-fire ways are FANTASTIC for the marketing folks.
Just another datapoint illustrating the tension present between’s baseball’s culture and baseball’s efforts to market itself and its players.