Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list due to an aggravated injury to his left hamstring. It’s the first time Puig, 24, has been on the disabled list in his young career.
Puig, who originally suffered his injury on April 13, re-injured his leg on Friday trying to beat out a grounder. Instead of continuing his recent string of in-and-out of the lineup during recovery, the Dodgers decided to shut him down for a short stint.
In a story by Mark Saxon on ESPNLosAngeles.com, Dodgers manager Donn Mattingly was quoted as saying, “”I think he’s disappointed, because he thinks he’s going to be ready to play in four or five days. That’s the tough part. Being ready to play and being 100 percent are different. Yasiel plays at one speed. I think we see that. There’s no real putting the governor on him. He’s just going to play at that speed. It’s tough for him to say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to back off.’ That’s where you’ve got to protect him from himself.”
Puig was batting .279 with just two home runs. Andre Ethier will be called on most often to replace Puig in right field.
Yasiel Puig and Joel Peralta have been placed on the 15-day disabled list, and pitchers Scott Baker and Carlos Frias have joined team. (1/2)
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 26, 2015
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