Yasiel Puig completed his ‘miraculous’ comeback from a left hamstring strain as the Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated the outfielder from the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres.
Puig is starting in right field and batting sixth in the second-to-last game of the regular season. He returns after having missed the last 34 games, and only six days removed from Dodgers manager Don Mattingly saying it was unlikely the 24 year old would be on the club’s active roster in the National League Division Series.
Puig’s return on Saturday figures to give him two games to quickly acclimate himself to facing Major-League pitching, and comes at an opportune time given Scott Van Slyke continues to battle a wrist issue. With his last game coming on Aug. 27, Puig enters Saturday with a 10-game hitting streak, batting .342/.390/.526 during that stretch.
Mattingly said on Friday Puig was likely to join the club during the weekend, but didn’t elaborate or mention what role, if any, he would play. The fifth-year manager added he didn’t believe there were any additional hurdles for the Cuban native left to clear.
Puig spent some time rehabbing his injury at the club’s Spring Training complex, which included playing in Instructional League games on back-to-back days.
Limited to just 77 games this season, Puig is batting .256/.324/.440 with 11 home runs, 30 RBIs, a .331 wOBA and 112 wRC+. The Dodgers now have 39 players on their active roster.