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.
Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)
Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Andre Ethier is playing right field after starting in left the day before.
Puig tried to play through his strained left hamstring in the Dodgers’ 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He showed up at the ballpark this morning feeling “soreness,” according to manager Don Mattingly.
If Puig does not play today, it will be the fourth game of the last five that he’s missed. The Dodgers have the added advantage of two off-days this week — one this past Thursday, another tomorrow. In hindsight, why didn’t the Dodgers simply send Puig to the 15-day disabled list and call up an outfielder to strengthen their bench?
“We don’t feel like there’s any injury,” Mattingly said. “The DL was part of the conversation earlier. If they (the Dodgers’ medical staff) say ‘DL’ I’m fine. Andre’s playing well. If medical says we should DL (Puig) we’ll DL him. We have guys in Triple-A who are swinging the bats.”
The Dodgers might be without outfielder Yasiel Puig for a third straight game. Puig ran in the outfield to test his strained left hamstring in the afternoon and “he’s still feeling a little something,” according to Mattingly.
Andre Ethier is making his fourth straight start in right field and batting sixth against Colorado Rockies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Head athletic trainer Stan Conte “felt like (Puig) could be a guy that could hit,” Mattingly said, “but you always worry about that first step out of the box.”
Mattingly doesn’t anticipate that Puig will need an MRI exam on the hamstring but couldn’t rule out the possibility that Puig would retroactively be placed on the disabled list if the injury lingers.
“Obviously I hope not,” Mattingly said. “It doesn’t seem like (an injury that would require Puig to go on the DL) but it depends on how far it would get to.”
If Puig doesn’t play, the Dodgers will be down to one reserve outfielder (Scott Van Slyke), along with two reserve infielders (Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner) along with catcher A.J. Ellis.