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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates just announced that they have released catcher Francisco Cervelli. No waivers, no DFA. Just his unconditional release.
Cervelli had been on a rehab assignment in the minors in his efforts to come back from a concussion. He had been sidelined since May, and there had been no timeline for his return, but he played in a minor league game as recently as Monday.
Over the summer, however, Cervelli voiced doubts about his ability to continue catching in light of the six concussions he’s weathered over the last decade. At one point he said he could not catch again but then walked it back. Whether his release was requested and whether Cervelli plans to end his big league career is not yet known.
I’m sure we’ll hear more about this soon.
UPDATE: Um, OK. Based on this I guess it’s more of a matter of the Pirates simply not wanting him anymore: