The latest Dodger to fall to injuries was Yasiel Puig, who was pulled from last Thursday’s game with tightness in his right hamstring. This was concerning because Puig had been out earlier in the year with a similar issue affecting his left hamstring. Surprisingly, it is pretty hard to play with two injured hamstrings.

On Sunday, Roberts announced that the DL would be a possibility if Yasiel Puig had not improved enough by Tuesday to make the starting lineup. Well, Tuesday is here and there is still no Puig in the lineup.

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Though no official statement has been released, it is highly likely that Puig will find himself back on the disabled list, leaving the Dodgers with Andrew Toles and Scott Van Slyke to take over in right field.

Along with Puig being sidelined, Kiké Hernandez has not played in a major league game for the Los Angeles Dodgers since June 27 vs. Pittsburgh, but Monday night marked a huge step in his return to Dodger blue. The Dodgers utility player was in uniform for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Dodgers’ Minor League Affiliate as the team took on the Inland Empire 66ers. The Quakes won the game 12-1, but Hernandez did not have an impact in the outcome. Hernandez finished the game 1-for-4 in his first action in quite some time, which included a single in the third inning.

On the disabled list since June 27, Hernandez still has some strides to make as he will continue his stint with the Quakes on Tuesday night, the team announced. In 65 games this season, Hernandez has a .189 batting average, five home runs, and 12 RBI, while playing six different positions with the Dodgers.

In other news, Andre Ethier was caught taking early batting practice today at Dodger Stadium. Earlier in July, after receiving scans to see if his injury was healed, it was announced that Ethier would likely not be coming back in August like he had hoped.

The Dodgers lead the majors with 23 players on the DL this season and 1,206 days missed, so this territory is nothing new for the Boys in Blue. Even with all of these injuries, the Dodgers have managed to lead the Wild Card race and are a mere 2.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants; however, just because the team has survived with all of these injuries, doesn’t mean they should have to.

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