The Dodgers outfield situation in the past week has gone from bad to worse as Matt Kemp was put on the disabled list and this afternoon Carl Crawford left the game with what is being called a left hamstring cramp.
Manager Don Mattingly hinted this week that the Dodgers would look to Triple-A, not Double-A , for a replacement for Kemp, but if Crawford needs to miss time it may force management’s hand.
Bill Shaikin of the LA Times had an update with what the Dodgers are thinking:
I’m told #Dodgers pulled Puig out of AA lineup to ensure he doesn’t get hurt while team determines status of Crawford.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 1, 2013
Puig has been playing center field the past few days in Chattanooga since he’s been touted as a only corner outfielder.It’s clear the Dodgers envision Puig taking over for Kemp if he is to miss a significant amount of time with his injury.
Joc Pederson, the budding young center fielder in Double-A, was scratched from the lineup Thursday thus further suggesting the Dodgers were on the verge of calling him up.
If Puig is the Dodgers choice to come up, he would seemingly return with infielder Hanley Ramirez, who is currently on a rehab assignment in Bakersfield.
During spring training, Puig became an instant sensation among Dodger fans and he hasn’t disappointed so far in the minors. He’s hitting .313 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs while stealing 13 bases and would provide the last-place Dodgers a spark they desperately need.
The bullpen has blown the past two games and after beating the Angels in two straight games, the Dodgers have dropped three of their last four.
Monday night at Dodger Stadium could be a big night for the team as it looks like Puig could be speeding his way to the Ravine well ahead of the pace that anyone could’ve imagined.