Out since April 24 with a hamstring injury followed by multiple setbacks, Yasiel Puig is now on the verge of rejoining the Dodgers.
Puig went 2-for-4 with a double off the wall in a minor-league rehab game Thursday at Single-A and George Alfano of MLB.com reports that he “hopes to be back with the Dodgers this weekend.”
Puig specifically mentioned wanting to come off the disabled list for Saturday’s game, but added that it’s not his decision and it’s possible the Dodgers will want to play things a little safe to avoid another setback.
Also of note: Puig revealed that his hamstring is still “not 100 percent now, but it felt comfortable.”
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.