UPDATE (May 10, 11:05 a.m. PT): According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Yasiel Puig’s MRI on his strained left hamstring is scheduled for Monday and not Sunday, as previously reported:
Mattingly said Puig MRI is Monday, notSunday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 10, 2015
With the Los Angeles Dodgers battling the elements over the weekend in Colorado, Yasiel Puig began a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga Thursday night. Serving as the designated hitter and batting second, Puig’s first game was rather uneventful — 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Puig later joked he didn’t get the opportunity to truly test his hamstring as a result of striking out; his other two at-bats ended in a ground out and fly out. He nonetheless was back in the lineup Friday, again batting second but this time playing in right field.
Puig hit a solo home run in his first at-bat, struck out in his second, and grounded out in the fifth inning. On his way down the first base line, Puig pulled up with his ailing hamstring causing trouble once more and he was immediately removed from the game.
After the Dodgers received word their game Saturday with the Colorado Rockies was cancelled, manager Don Mattingly said Puig is scheduled for an MRI Sunday, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
Puig to get an MRI tomorrow
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 9, 2015
While the latest development in the Cuban native’s attempt to return is concerning, Mattingly largely downplayed the matter, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
Mattingly on Puig setback: "It’s not a monumental thing like he’s blown something up or anything. It just says that he’s not ready."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 9, 2015
Puig is eligible to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday and had he successfully completed the rehab assignment without issue, the expectation was for him to join the Dodgers when they returned for a seven-game homestand Monday.
Puig’s left hamstring strain caused him to miss five games between April 11-19. He played in four consecutive games before re-injuring the hamstring in San Diego April 24 and subsequently was placed on the DL for the first time in his young career. He’s only played in 11 of the Dodgers’ 29 games this season.
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