Yasiel Puig out Sunday with lingering hamstring injury

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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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.