Yasiel Puig is no stranger to Rancho Cucamonga. The Dodgers right fielder played 14 games there at the end of the 2012 season, his first in the United States. Tomorrow, Puig will return to the Dodgers’ Single-A affiliate as the Quakes’ designated hitter.
“He ran (the bases) today and he ran hard,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Puig. “As long as he doesn’t come in tomorrow stiff and tight he’s going to DH tomorrow.”
Puig was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 25 with a strained left hamstring.
Rancho is scheduled to host Visalia at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy left Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres with tightness in his right elbow. The severity of the injury is still unknown. The Dodgers lead the game 11-7 in the eighth inning.
McCarthy has never been placed on the disabled list for an elbow injury in a major league career that began in 2005. He missed the entire 2010 season while recovering from a stress fracture in his right shoulder. The shoulder also sent him to the disabled list in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In his fourth start of the season McCarthy allowed six runs in five innings, including three home runs, but left in line for the victory. He called for a trainer after Justin Upton hit his final pitch for a home run in the sixth inning.
Update (10:00 p.m.): Here’s what McCarthy said after the game:
SAN DIEGO — Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig re-aggravated the strained left hamstring that caused him to miss four games last week running out a ground ball in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres.
Puig jogged back to the dugout and was replaced in the field by Andre Ethier in the bottom of the sixth inning.
A 96-mph Andrew Cashner fastball hit Puig on the side of his left knee in the first inning Friday, but he remained in the game.
Puig is said to be day-to-day.