Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners for the second straight day because of a strained left hamstring. He is not taking part in the usual pregame routine for position players and seems likely to miss a second consecutive game.
“I’m not sure which way we’re going to go with him today,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I think Stan (Conte, the Dodgers’ head athletic trainer) has talked to him. Sounded like he felt better. Not sure what he’s going to try to do. We decided to take advantage of the off-day tomorrow to give him the extra day to give him the best chance. We’ll see where we’re at.”
The Dodgers have a day off Thursday followed by a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies beginning Friday. One good reason for Puig to return Friday: He’s 5-for-9 with a double and a triple against the Rockies’ listed starter, Kyle Kendrick.
Andre Ethier, who hit a home run in the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, is making his second straight start in right field.