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.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.