Yasiel Puig temporarily shut down, Dodgers proceeding with caution.


There was no real news on the Yasiel Puig front Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, though Dodgers manager Don Mattingly offered a general idea of what’s next for the star outfielder. Puig suffered a setback in his rehab from a left hamstring strain when the muscle cramped up on him in a rehab game Saturday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Mattingly said that Sunday’s MRI showed this injury was to the same area as the original strain.

“I don’t feel like we’re starting all the way over,” Mattingly said. “They’re always doing something so you’re never really shut down. I’m sure they’ll let it calm down a couple days and kind of get back on the program, as far as building toward doing bike, doing water, doing bases, all that kind of stuff.”

That’s the closest thing to a timetable the manager offered Tuesday.

If anything, Puig’s latest setback was a cautionary tale about following strict timetables. Once a player is sent out on rehab, the timetable is up to him.

“That’s where he has to just talk and communicate how he’s feeling, and make sure he doesn’t — guys get caught in timetables and think that’s the timetable they have to be ready,” Mattingly said. “Instead of if they’re feeling anything, speak up. Guys always think they can play through stuff. Rehab is a place for them to get totally healthy.

“You can never get it to game speed until you get out there.”

Yasiel Puig’s MRI exam is Monday, not today.

DENVER — If you’re on pins and needles waiting for the outcome of Yasiel Puig‘s MRI exam, wait another day.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday the MRI would happen today, but he corrected himself today and said the exam has always been scheduled for Monday.

Here’s more from Mattingly about Puig, toward the end of this video:

Puig left his rehab assignment Saturday with tightness in his left hamstring. Today was the first day Puig was eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list.

Yasiel Puig to undergo MRI on Sunday.

Yasiel Puig injury

Yasiel Puig played two rehab games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga before re-injuring his left hamstring. (Staff photo)

DENVER — Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring Sunday in Los Angeles. Puig left his Single-A rehabilitation game Saturday with Rancho Cucamonga because of what the team called “tightness” in the hamstring.

Puig went on the 15-day disabled list April 25 and was eligible to return to the Dodgers for tomorrow’s game against the Rockies. Since the Dodgers were scheduled to play the Marlins at home on Monday, the team had been targeting that game for his return.

That won’t happen now, manager Don Mattingly said.

“That’s what these games are for, to find out if he’s really ready,” Mattingly said. “It doesn’t mean a total setback. It’s not monumental, that he’s blown something up. It just means he’s not ready.”

But the MRI is anything but a step forward for the 24-year-old outfielder, who has been dealing with the injury since early in the season. He first reported symptoms April 13, the Dodgers’ seventh game of the season, and Puig missed four of the team’s next five games.

Puig hasn’t played since April 24, when he pulled up lame running out a ground ball in the Dodgers’ 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres. In 11 games this season, Puig is slashing .279/.380/.465.