Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been sidelined since Monday with a right knee strain, but after testing his knee before tonight’s game against the Reds, he was back in the lineup.
While the injury wasn’t deemed to be serious, Puig was held out in the final two games against the Rockies and with the day off yesterday, he sounds like he’s ready to go.
On the MLB Network this afternoon, David Vassegh of AM570 Radio reported that Puig is back in the lineup:
Puig is back in the Dodgers starting lineup in right field and will bat second behind Carl Crawford.
This was the second time that Puig hurt himself at Coors Field as he crashed into the right field wall and had to leave the game during his first trip to Denver in early July. In the midst of a Rookie of the Year race with Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez, Puig is hitting .350 with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs as he’s helped turn around the Dodgers.
After this weekend’s three games against the Reds, the Dodgers will only play NL West opponents as they look to hopefully wrap up the division in the coming days. With a comfortable lead, it’s clear that Don Mattingly is taking the series against the Reds seriously as all his regulars are in the lineup after giving them rest in Colorado.
Here’s the complete Dodger lineup this afternoon against the Reds:
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