Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Yasiel Puig is unlikely to start over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford in the team’s NLDS matchup with the Mets. And the Mets are throwing three righties — Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey — in the first three games of the best-of-five.
But there will be a spot for Puig on the Dodgers’ roster, the 24-year-old Cuban outfielder told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles on Wednesday. It’ll be more of a bench bat and late-inning defensive substitute type of role.
Puig appeared in only 79 games during the regular season and he missed all of September with a right hamstring strain, though he did appear in the Dodgers’ final two games against the Padres.
Los Angeles and New York will kick off their best-of-five on Friday night.