Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has a .306 batting average (33-for-108) this season. (Staff photo)
MIAMI — Yasiel Puig will return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday after missing four straight games with a hand injury.
“I think his hand’s good,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I just really wanted to — I know we have a day game tomorrow, I want to play him for that. I figure give him one more day.”
Puig pinch hit for the second straight day Saturday against the Marlins and grounded out in the seventh inning. He’s been battling an exposed callus on his left palm.
MIAMI — The Marlins will be without right fielder Giancarlo Stanton this weekend — and the next 4-6 weeks — after the National League’s leading home run hitter broke a bone in his hand Friday against the Dodgers.
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson said he noticed something unusual when he struck out Stanton in the sixth inning Friday.
“The last at-bat, the second time he struck out, I threw a 2-0 pitch, a fastball away,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if he winced but it didn’t look like a normal Giancarlo Stanton swing.”
Stanton also appeared to wince during his ninth-inning strikeout against Pedro Baez (above).
Anderson, who’s been on the disabled list a couple times in his career, could relate.
“I did that last year; I broke my index finger hitting against Matt Cain,” Anderson said. “I feel his pain.”
MIAMI — Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove loose bodies in the back of his left elbow. He is expected to miss approximately 8-10 weeks.
Rodriguez has known for weeks that he had a bone spur in the elbow (a bone spur can become a “loose body”) that would eventually require surgery. But he was able to pitch four scoreless rehab innings over four games recently with Triple-A Oklahoma City, leaving open the possibility that Rodriguez could return to the majors right away. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly even said Friday that Rodriguez would join the team in Arizona, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series Monday.
Now that Rodriguez is at least two months away from competition, his season is in jeopardy.
Mattingly said he “would think” Rodriguez could return in time to pitch for the Dodgers in the playoffs, should their season get that far.