Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners for the second straight day because of a strained left hamstring. He is not taking part in the usual pregame routine for position players and seems likely to miss a second consecutive game.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Dodgers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on a walk-off single in their final at-bat. This time it was Howie Kendrick playing the hero. You can read my game story here for the full details of how it went down, and hear Kendrick’s postgame comments here and here.
Prior to the game I talked to pitcher Yimi Garcia. He explained how his 20-year-old brother Jairo, a pitcher in the Yankees’ farm system, helped him with his slider over the winter. The small change seems to have made a big difference so far.
Since I didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone before deadline, here were the key points in the clubhouse after the game:
Yasiel Puig is being held out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup tonight because of a strained left hamstring, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. The injury is not considered serious and Mattingly left open the possibility that Puig could appear in the game as a pinch hitter.
“He’d be the one (position player in this game) for sure that I’d try to stay away from, be a little more cautious with,” Mattingly said. “That being said, being able to swing the bat may be something we’re going to be able to do.”