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 lineups for the Red Sox-Yankees game for this evening were just released and, lo and behold, Aaron Judge is back in it for the Yankees. He’ll be batting second and playing right field.
Judge was activated four days ago but had been limited to defense and base running. As of yesterday signs pointed to him not hitting today, but he took swings in a simulated game for the second straight day today — taking advantage of the previously-scheduled day game being moved to this evening — and things must’ve gone well.
Judge has been out since late July due to a fractured wrist suffered when he was hit by a fastball from Royals pitcher Jakob Junis. He has taken longer than expected to recover from the injury and the Yankees have felt his absence as he was hitting .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 447 plate appearances when he went down and no one has, obviously, been able to replace his production.
Now he’s back to help the Yankees fend off the A’s for the top Wild Card spot.