Yasiel Puig’s minor-league rehab assignment was shut down due to a setback with his strained hamstring and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted that the outfielder is “at least a couple weeks” from potentially coming off the disabled list.
Puig aggravated the hamstring injury while running to first base Monday at Single-A and Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Dodgers are now planning to take things very slow with his recovery to guard against more setbacks.
Andre Ethier has been killing the ball as Puig’s fill-in and the Dodgers are winning, so there’s no rush at the moment. Puig hit .279 with two homers and an .845 OPS in 11 games before the injury.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.