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 starter Brandon McCarthy left Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres with tightness in his right elbow. The severity of the injury is still unknown. The Dodgers lead the game 11-7 in the eighth inning.
McCarthy has never been placed on the disabled list for an elbow injury in a major league career that began in 2005. He missed the entire 2010 season while recovering from a stress fracture in his right shoulder. The shoulder also sent him to the disabled list in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In his fourth start of the season McCarthy allowed six runs in five innings, including three home runs, but left in line for the victory. He called for a trainer after Justin Upton hit his final pitch for a home run in the sixth inning.
Update (10:00 p.m.): Here’s what McCarthy said after the game:
SAN DIEGO — Scott Baker will make his Dodgers debut Sunday against the Padres at Petco Park.
Baker comes to the team from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 1-1 with a 1.06 earned-run average in three starts. He arrived on the field during batting practice.
“He’s been throwing the ball well,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve used a number of guys (to fill the fifth starter’s role with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list). All the guys we’ve used have been in the big leagues. They’ve got experience. Felt like they would give you a quality outing and weren’t going to be overwhelmed by that start.”