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.
The Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.
Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.
Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.