UPDATE (June 24, 8:40 p.m. PT): After the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win on Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly said he wasn’t sure if Yasiel Puig would return to the lineup Thursday, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Mattingly uncertain if Puig will play tomorrow.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 25, 2015
UPDATE (June 24, 5:35 p.m. PT): Yasiel Puig was a late scratch from Wednesday’s lineup due to the callus on his left hand, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Puig scratched because of callus on left hand.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 25, 2015
It afforded Alex Guerrero a rare start in left field, and moved Andre Ethier to right.
After missing 39 games Yasiel Puig returned from a strained left hamstring June 6. He provided an initial spark to a Los Angeles Dodgers team that was scuttling along and while some of that has worn off, Puig has continued to perform well.
Puig’s return has also added more depth to the lineup, which allowed manager Don Mattingly to recently place the 24 year old at the top of the order, swapping him with Joc Pederson. Although Puig hasn’t shown any signs of being slowed by the hamstring that forced him to the disabled list for the first time in his career, he’s now dealing with another — still painful — issue.
During Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, Puig was forced to add extra bandaging to his left palm due to a blister that popped and began bleeding. He played with similar padding Tuesday, which forced him to use the glove typically worn for home games as it has ample room for his hand with the additional bandage.
A photo of Puig’s current ailment was captured by Ryan Walton of the Valley Bay News:
While unlike a hamstring strain a blister can be played through and with, the discomfort it can cause should not be dismissed. Andre Ethier suffered through a similar issue and spoke of it affecting his ability to grip a bat.
It’s not publicly known when the blister may have developed. Puig is a combined 2-for-7 with one triple through the Dodgers’ first two of a 10-game road trip. On the season he’s batting .311/.387/.500 with three home runs and 10 RBIs.