Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig has been dealing with a hamstring injury that sent him to the 15-day disabled list. Puig had a successful rehab start with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and even hit a home run.
Puig had the chance to be activated before Monday’s series opener vs. the Washington Nationals, but it was delayed until Tuesday.
Dodgers will activate Yasiel Puig on Tuesday, Dave Roberts says.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) June 20, 2016
“We had him scheduled for [Monday], but I think it’s to give him that extra day,” manager Dave Roberts said Monday prior to the game. “The matchup with Strasburg, he’s tough, so it’s to give him an extra day and also to get Trayce [Thompson] and Howie [Kendrick] back in there with that continuity. I felt that that was the right thing to do.”
Ironically, Strasburg himself was scratched from the lineup less than an hour before the game.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 21, 2016
Although Puig is on the Dodgers 2016 All-Star game ballot, he has struggled this season despite having amazing plays on defense. He was batting .237 with a .360 slugging percentage, collected 5 home runs and 20 RBIs in 53 games this season.
In his absence Trayce Thompson has had success taking Puig’s place being basically an everyday player. Thompson has played outfield as well as three other positions.
The Dodgers will face the Nationals on Tuesday before closing out their home stand on Wednesday with Julio Urias on the mound. The Dodgers will have the day off on Thursday before beginning their 7-game road trip on Friday.
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