Yasiel Puig was pulled from Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals due to tightness in his hamstring. Puig is no rookie when it comes to hamstring issues, having been on the disabled list this season already due to it; however, this time there is reason to be a bit more worried than usual.
Roberts announced after the game that the issue this time was with his right hamstring as opposed to his left. In the past it has been his left hamstring to cause him problems, but now it is both hamstrings which should raise red flags to the team and fans.
Dave Roberts on Puig's injury: "History says it's been his left hammy that has given him problems, but today his right, don't know degree"
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 21, 2016
Puig was not placed on the disabled list this time since the team thought that it was simply tightness and there was no real injury. Unfortuntately, the Roberts made it very clear on Saturday that Puig is not yet healthy and is still showing signs of discomfort in his right hamstring.
Puig still testing hamstring. Roberts said there needs to be significant improvement in order for him to start tomorrow. #Dodgers
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 23, 2016
Dave Roberts watched Yasiel Puig do running drills. Hamstring better. Starting Sunday "possibility" but "there needs to be more improvement"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 23, 2016
The plan remains to hopefully start Puig on Sunday but if he does not show improvement, then Roberts will hold off. According to ESPN.com, Puig is hitting only .240 with a .296 OBP and a mere .280 SLG. Playing with a sensitive hamstring will not help these numbers, so it clearly best to wait until the right fielder is completely healthy and ready to play. Luckily, the Dodgers have Andrew Toles holding down the position until Puig is ready to return!