Carlos Ruiz, left, played 21 games for the Dodgers after he was acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers exercised the contract option of catcher Carlos Ruiz and traded him to the Seattle Mariners. The return is not yet known; according to one report the Dodgers will receive a pitcher on the Mariners’ 40-man roster.
Update (9:45 p.m.): The Dodgers will receive left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Mariners, according to multiple reports Sunday night. Nuno pitched 55 games for the Mariners last season, all but one out of the bullpen, and went 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA in 58 ⅔ innings. The left-hander walked 1.7 batters per nine innings and struck out 7.8. Club officials declined to confirm the reports because the trade hasn’t been finalized.
Ruiz, 37, was acquired in an Aug. 25 trade with the Philadelphia Phillies for veteran catcher A.J. Ellis and minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans. He threw out 41.7 percent of attempted base stealers in 2016, the best mark in baseball. Acquired to shore up the Dodgers’ struggles against left-handed pitching, Ruiz reached base in 11 of his 29 plate appearances against lefties in the regular season.
The Dodgers acquired minor league outfielder Justin Ruggiano and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for cash or a player to be named later before the midnight waiver trade deadline Monday.
Dodgers players and coaches wear their number 42 jerseys during pregame ceremonies on Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
There was enough pomp and circumstance Wednesday at Dodger Stadium to fill — well, Dodger Stadium. It was the Civil Rights Game, on Jackie Robinson Day, with every player wearing number 42. The Dodgers honored Robinson with their play as much as their words.
Robinson Cano — who, ironically, is named for number 42 — could not say the same thing.
The game story is here. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The biggest news might have come before the game, when president Stan Kasten (sitting with commissioner Rob Manfred, Rachel Robinson and Magic Johnson) announced that a Robinson statue would be the first in a series at Dodger Stadium.
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.
Yasiel Puig’s hamstring held up well enough for him to run out of the dugout with a bucket full of ice and juice Monday night. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
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.”