Dodgers place Yasiel Puig on the disabled list, recall Jose Peraza

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Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers have placed outfielder Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. Infield prospect Jose Peraza has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Puig left Thursday night’s game against the Reds after trying to leg out an infield single against Aroldis Chapman. The hamstring injury is his second of the season, as he also missed time between April 25 and June 5 with a left hamstring strain. He hits the shelf batting .256/.324/.440 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 306 plate appearances.

Peraza, acquired from the Braves on July 30 as part of a three-team trade that also included the Marlins, batted .167 over six at-bats in his first stint in the majors earlier this month. MLB.com rated him the 38th-best overall prospect in baseball entering the 2015 season.

A.J. Hinch responds to Ken Giles’ negative comments about Astros

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On Sunday, Blue Jays closer Ken Giles spoke to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star. Giles said, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston.” Giles won a World Series with the Astros last year, but talked about communication issues with the Astros and compared them unfavorably to the Blue Jays. Giles described the communication as having been “lost” and credited the Jays for staying patient with him.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch responded to Giles’ comments on Monday. Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Hinch said:

I think he’s wrong and I’m disappointed that he would go down that path given how much work and time and energy and communication that our front office, our coaching staff, me, we all went through this with him. And I understand, there was some disappointment in his tenure as an Astro because of the turbulent way things went about. We gave him every opportunity, we communicated with him effectively, we have an incredible culture where every single player will tell you it’s one of the best cultures they’ve had, one of the best communication envrionments they’ve had. They all know their roles. They all know their situations. To have one person out of all the guys in our clubhouse come out and claim otherwise is flat wrong.

While Giles certainly could be embellishing or deliberately misconstruing his time there, Hinch’s rebuttal doesn’t actually disqualify anything Giles said. Giles certainly could have had a negative experience in Houston even if everyone else was enjoying the “incredible culture” and “one of the best communication environments.”

Given how the Astros — including Hinch — responded to criticism about their acquiring an accused domestic abuser, they’re not in the best position to boast about an “incredible culture” anyway.

At any rate, this is a he-said, he-said situation. If anything more comes of it, it will be Giles further torching a bridge.