Yasiel Puig returns to Dodgers’ lineup after hamstring issue

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After missing back-to-back games with a hamstring injury, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Astros.

Puig left Tuesday’s game after legging out a single in the eighth inning. An MRI revealed what was reported as a “very mild” strain of his right hamstring, but fortunately it’s not as serious as the left hamstring strain which cost him about five weeks earlier this season.

Puig electrified (and polarized) over his first two seasons in the majors, but this year has been a struggle for him. He’s batting just .250 with 10 home runs and a .754 OPS over 284 plate appearances.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.