When the Los Angeles Dodgers traveled to St. Louis to begin a four-game road trip, Brandon Beachy, Brandon League and Yasiel Puig were sent to the club’s Camelback Ranch Spring Training facility to continue with their respective rehabs.
Puig has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring since April 26 and suffered a setback when he aggravated the injury in the second game of a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
In the days after, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the outfielder underwent another MRI that confirmed the still-strained hamstring and Puig’s rehab was temporarily shut down. Since that point there have been minor updates of Puig beginning to run, though still feeling tightness, and him swinging a bat.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Puig has made significant progress at Camelback Ranch and another rehab assignment is plausible at some point this week:
Yasiel Puig (strained left hamstring) has been cleared to run curved lines, which is often the final benchmark before a player with a hamstring injury can be cleared to go on a minor league rehab assignment. No time or location has been scheduled for Puig’s next minor-league rehab assignment, but Mattingly said “I feel like it’s going to be sometime this coming week. I would guess later than earlier.”
The left hamstring strain initially forced Puig to miss three games. He returned April 18, but sat out April 19 due to what was characterized as soreness. Puig then played in the Dodgers’ next game April 21 and pulled it April 24, which resulted in him being placed on the DL for the first time in his career two days later.
In total, Puig has only played in 11 of the Dodgers’ 49 games this season, batting .279/.380/.465 with two home runs and four RBIs. The Dodgers have gone 18-14 since the All-Star right fielder was placed on the DL, which included being shutout on the road in four consecutive games — a streak that ended with Saturday’s win over the St. Louis Cardinals.