From J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News …
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is going out on a second minor-league rehabilitation stint Thursday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes are scheduled to begin a seven-game road trip through Lancaster (Thursday-Sunday) and Modesto (Monday-Wednesday).
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Puig should be able to return to the active major league roster sometime next week if he’s able to avoid further setbacks. Puig first began a rehab assignment on May 7, but he reaggravated his left hamstring a day later and got shut down for over three weeks. He hasn’t played in a game for Los Angeles since April 24.
Puig’s return creates some issues with Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, and Alex Guerrero all playing well. But that is a good problem to have, and injuries and production levels usually sort these things out.
Puig, 24, was batting .279/.380/.465 through his first 50 plate appearances this 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.