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.
Some very good news here for the Dodgers …
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that injured outfielder Yasiel Puig has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Puig will serve as the DH in his first couple rehab games before eventually testing his hamstring in the outfield.
The 24-year-old Cuban has officially been on the shelf since April 25 with a left hamstring strain, but the injury first began bothering him in early April. He figures to rejoin the Dodgers’ active roster by the middle of next week.
Puig was batting .279/.380/.465 with two home runs and four RBI in 11 games this season.