Yasiel Puig will lead off Sunday for the first time since last July. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
The first time Yasiel Puig
was penciled into a major league lineup, he hit leadoff. The last time — before Sunday — was July of last year.
In one sense, it’s a surprise he ever moved from the top of the lineup. For his career Puig has a .467 on-base percentage, with almost as many walks (6) as strikeouts (8), when leading off a game.
Today, Puig will lead off against the San Diego Padres not because he’s hot but because he’s cold. In his last 14 games Puig has a .137/.154/.235 slash line.
Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke still hasn’t resumed baseball activities and is taking longer than expected to recover from his sore lower back.
“Slykey feels better, but as far as baseball activities he’s not really doing a whole lot,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s moving around better, he’s out here during batting practice but not taking balls off the bat.”
Roberts added that Van Slyke is still a week away from hitting off a tee or playing catch.
Van Slyke had one hit, a double, in 10 plate appearances when he went on the disabled list April 10. The Dodgers had no intention of placing him on the 60-day disabled list at the time of the injury, but that seems like more of an option today than it did three weeks ago.
In any event, don’t expect Van Slyke to be activated when the Dodgers return home from their Tampa/Toronto road trip a week from tomorrow.
Ross Stripling couldn’t pitch past the fifth inning and the Dodgers’ offense again offered little support in losing their sixth straight game. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Yasiel Puig was given a day to clear his mind.
Yaisel Sierra made his long-awaited debut for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Matt Kemp was the center of attention at Dodger Stadium, getting the last laugh in the Dodgers’ fifth straight loss. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Kenley Jansen had a strong reaction to former teammate Dee Gordon‘s 80-game PED suspension.
Andre Ethier is in Los Angeles this week for a CT scan on his fractured right tibia. Ethier said he had the scan this morning but is still waiting for team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache to read the results.
Potentially, Ethier could begin weight-bearing exercises on an Alter-G machine soon if the results of the scan allow. But that’s getting a bit ahead of ourselves. For now, Ethier can put weight on his right leg while walking with crutches. He said he’s been able to do that for about two weeks.
Ethier was given a 10-to-14 week timetable for recovery when he fouled a ball of his leg March 22.