The Dodgers have been scoring plenty of runs without him, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that outfielder Yasiel Puig is expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment next week.
Puig is currently sidelined with a strained left hamstring and is eligible to return on May 10. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said yesterday that “it seems like we’re on track,” so the hope is that he’s ready right around that time.
Puig, 24, was batting .279/380/.465 with two home runs and four RBI through 50 plate appearances prior to going on the DL. Andre Ethier has thrived while filling in and should continue to get at-bats even after Puig returns now that Carl Crawford is out with a oblique tear.
Astros starter Collin McHugh will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to discomfort in his right elbow, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros recalled Brady Rodgers from Triple-A Round Rock.
McHugh, 31, has struggled to a 6.04 ERA with a 48/16 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings across eight starts and two relief appearances. If the elbow injury is really an elbow injury and not just an excuse for the Astros to give McHugh a reprieve, this could be bad news.
Rodgers, 28, posted a 3.22 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 16 walks in 44 2/3 innings in the minors this season. He had a cup of coffee with the Astros in 2016, yielding 14 runs in 8 1/3 innings. Here’s hoping his latest stint goes a bit better than that.