To little surprise given Yasiel Puig’s recent remarks and the Los Angeles Dodgers in need of a spark, the All-Star right fielder was activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. With Puig’s return, Scott Schebler, who was recalled Friday, was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Puig began a second rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, playing seven innings and went 2-for4 with one double and a strikeout. He suited up again for Quakes in Lancaster on Friday night, going 1-for-3 with a home run and one walk.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated Puig would likely play nine innings Friday, which led to some concern when news of his exit after six innings spread. However, Mattingly said after the Dodgers’ fourth loss in five games this season to the Cardinals it was not due to injury or any setback.
Mattingly also said he had an idea of when Puig would return, but didn’t offer specifics as he said conversations still needed to be held.
Puig has played in just 11 games this season, batting .279/.380/.465 with two home runs and four RBIs. Without him, the Dodgers largely relied on Andre Ethier to fill the void and he stepped up admirably. Puig last played for the Dodgers April 24 with his last appearance at Dodger Stadium coming April 18.
The Cuban native returns with the Dodgers mired in a three-game losing streak and largely stuck in an offensive drought that’s lasted roughly three weeks. Jaime Garcia starts for the MLB-leading Cardinals on Saturday, who Puig has never faced in his career. Puig is starting in right field and batting third.
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