Yasiel Puig will have plenty of time to rest now that he is on the 15-day disabled list. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers finally bit the bullet on Yasiel Puig
Sunday, placing the star outfielder on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Puig was able to grab a bat and head to the batting cage prior to today’s game against the San Diego Padres, but manager Don Mattingly
was tired of playing short-handed, waiting for Puig’s hamstring to come back to 100 percent.
“He’ll probably be able to play in five days but we’re in the same situation,” Mattingly said. “At this point, let’s get the thing right, make sure we have him for the long run.”
Puig’s situation was easily the most straightforward one on a busy day for Dodgers transactions.
Dodgers pitcher Joel Peralta has been bothered by a weak arm since last week. (Getty Images)
Joel Peralta said his right arm felt “a little bit better” after receiving treatment and playing catch Saturday, but would not rule out a trip to the disabled list.
“There’s no pain, it’s not sore, it’s just weak,” he said of the arm.
The Dodgers need to make room on the 25-man roster for Scott Baker and Peralta basically volunteered his spot after Saturday’s game.
“They’re going to need a spot for him, maybe’s it’s going to be me. If that’s the case, I’d rather do it that way than go out and hurt the team,” he said.
Peralta has pitched only once in the last seven days, Thursday in San Francisco. In that game, each of his pitches averaged about 4 mph slower on the radar gun compared to his previous outing. He walked two of the three batters he faced; the third hit a line drive up the middle of the diamond that Howie Kendrick snagged with a diving catch.
Peralta believes his dead arm stemmed from a nerve irritation in his neck that he developed while sleeping in an awkward position the night of April 14. He said he’s never had such an injury before.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run home run, his seventh of the season, in the Dodgers’ 11-8 win over San Diego. (Getty Images)
True story: As I was taking the elevator up to the press box today, a man turned to a boy who could be about his son’s age and remarked that the Padres needed to win this game in order to tie the Dodgers for first place in the National League West. He was right, of course. It was a reminder that people still care about the standings in April. Sometimes I need that reminder.
My apologies, then, to that Padre-faithful family for pointing out that your beloved team will not end the weekend in first place.
The Dodgers (11-6) lead the Rockies (10-8) by a game and a half, and the Padres (10-9) by two games. They also have a starting pitcher dealing with a stiff elbow. Scott Baker starts the series finale Sunday.
Saturday’s box score is here.