Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig might begin rehab assignment next week.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list as week from Sunday. (Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig won’t travel to Milwaukee when the Dodgers begin a four-game series there Monday, and could begin his rehabilitation assignment next week.

Puig is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He’s eligible to be activated a week from Sunday, the final day of the Dodgers’ seven-day road swing through Milwaukee and Denver.

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Dodgers might not use Kenley Jansen as their closer when he returns from the DL.

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen saved 44 games in 2014, his first full season as the Dodgers’ closer. (Getty Images)

Kenley Jansen begins his rehab assignment tonight for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He’s expected to pitch the first inning, then come out of the game. If all goes well, he’ll start again for the Quakes on Sunday.

The rehab assignment is expected to span “at least 5 or 6″ appearances, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. In theory, then, Jansen might rejoin the Dodgers on May 11, when they return home from next week’s road trip through Milwaukee and Denver.

Jansen has been the Dodgers’ closer for all or part of the last three seasons. Naturally, he’d be the Dodgers’ closer again when he returns, right?

Not necessarily, Mattingly said Friday.

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Dodgers promote Corey Seager to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Corey Seager

In 58 games at Double-A the past two seasons, Dodgers prospect Corey Seager slashed .355/.390/.583. He was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. (Staff photo)

Corey Seager officially received his first promotion to Triple-A today. He’s hitting fifth and playing shortstop for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in their game against the Iowa Cubs.

At Double-A Tulsa, Seager batted .375 with five homers and 15 RBIs over 20 games. He finished his stint tied for the Texas League lead with 30 hits and ranked among the top three in homers, slugging percentage (.675), extra-base hits (13), and total bases (54).

Seager was the Dodgers’ 2014 Branch Rickey Co-Minor League Player of the Year and entered 2015 ranked as the organization’s top prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com.

Update (8:20 p.m.): Seager had two singles and reached on an error in his debut. He played nine errorless innings at shortstop in the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ 5-4 win over the Iowa Cubs.

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