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.
The Dodgers needed to make a 25-man roster move today to add Joe Wieland, who is scheduled to start against the Milwaukee Brewers. The odd man out is reliever Daniel Coulombe, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday and allowed one run in his only inning last night. The left-hander was optioned to Triple-A.
Coulombe could be back soon. Four weeks into the season, Wieland is the ninth pitcher to start a game for the Dodgers. This shrunken screengrab courtesy of rosterresource.com shows just how often the Oklahoma City-to-Los Angeles path has been worn in 2015:
MILWAUKEE — Joe Wieland will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and make his Dodgers debut tomorrow as the starting pitcher against the Brewers. Carlos Frias, who had been scheduled to pitch tomorrow, will start the finale of the four-game series Thursday instead.
Wieland, one of two players the Dodgers acquired from the San Diego Padres in the Matt Kemp trade, was 3-0 with a 3.60 earned-run average in four starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He’s faced the Brewers once in his career, on April 30, 2012, and lost the game in San Diego.
Frias said he is healthy and could have started tomorrow’s game if needed. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Frias would throw a “touch and feel” session Tuesday at Miller Park.
The Dodgers’ rotation for the three-game weekend series against the Colorado Rockies lines up normally: Brett Anderson on Friday, Clayton Kershaw on Saturday and Zack Greinke on Sunday.