The Los Angeles Dodgers again were without Yasiel Puig on Friday in the opener of their three-game series with the Colorado Rockies. Puig is nursing a tight left hamstring that he first began to deal with in late stages of Monday’s walk-off win over the Seattle Mariners.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has maintained the situation isn’t serious and Puig tested his hamstring by running sprints in the outfield prior to Friday’s game. With Puig out of the lineup, it’s created a window of opportunity for Andre Ethier.
Ethier started in place of Puig on April 11 and shifted to left field April 12 during the Dodgers’ series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. After pinch-hitting on Monday, the 33-year-old outfielder has started in right field the last three games.
Dating back to April 12, Ethier has recorded at least one hit in the last five games with two of them being multi-hit games. He drew a walk and scored Adrian Gonzalez on a sacrifice fly Friday, but it was his assist that had the crowd buzzing.
With the Dodgers holding a 3-1 lead over the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning, Wilin Rosario attempted to score on Corey Dickerson’s two-out single to right field only to be thrown out by Ethier on a strong, one-hop throw to the plate.