Los Angeles Dodgers star out fielder Yasiel Puig will start his minor-league rehabilitation assignment on Thursday per Mark Saxon of ESPN.
Puig has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since April 26. He re-aggravated the left hamstring during the previous rehab assignment on May 8.
Manager Don Mattingly has said, “Puig will play the outfield and not just get at-bats as the designated hitter as he did in his previous rehab stint.”
He will be playing with the team’s Class A Rancho Cucamonga club if, everything goes well Puig will be able to join the Dodgers next week.
The Dodgers offense has been playing well without Puig but if he can return healthy it will add another power bat to the line-up as will as a reliable glove in the outfield.
What will the Dodgers do with Andre Ethier ? With the absence of Puig he has played well with a .297 average, hitting seven home runs, and recording 22 RBI’s.
How will Don Mattingly handle the log jam at the outfield again?
“Andre Ethier will move to left field and play against right-handed pitchers, Mattingly said. When the Dodgers are facing lefties, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke, when his ailing back heals, figure to split time in left.”
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