The Dodgers might get Yasiel Puig back this weekend, though manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t say in what capacity.
The suddenly, stunningly logical conclusion is that he will be in uniform and able to play at some point against the San Diego Padres. Puig hasn’t played since he strained his right hamstring on Aug. 27, but has been running at 100 percent this week and playing in instructional league games in Glendale, Arizona.
“He’s been able to run the last two days,” Mattingly said. “Played the field two days in a row.”
Friday, Mattingly said that Puig walked, singled, played a ground ball in right field and threw it back to the infield. Most significantly, Puig tried to steal a base three times. The first two times, the batter fouled off the pitch. On his third attempt, Puig was successful.
Asked if there are any steps remaining in Puig’s rehab, Mattingly said “it doesn’t seem like it.”
Howie Kendrick slides in safely under the tag of Giants catcher Trevor Brown in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 win Thursday. (Getty Images)
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In today’s notebook: Yasiel Puig‘s recovery, the television show filming that interrupted Anderson’s warmups, and how the Giants’ two retiring pitchers helped a pair of Dodgers.
Yasiel Puig is examined by Dodgers medical director Stan Conte after Puig strained his right hamstring in August. (Associated Press photo)
SAN FRANCISCO — Yasiel Puig
is running at full speed at the Dodgers’ instructional league facility, a “miraculous” development in the outfielder’s previously plodding progress from a hamstring strain.
Yasiel Puig faced live pitching in an instructional league game setting again Wednesday, but continues to refrain from running bases or playing the field.
The outfielder has made minimal progress in his recovery from a hamstring strain this month and isn’t expected to be ready for the National League Division Series. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that there is no plan for Puig to rejoin the Dodgers when they return home Friday for the final series of the regular season.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has been sidelined all of September with a hamstring strain. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
SAN FRANCISCO — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly offered an encouraging piece of news on outfielder Yasiel Puig.
“He actually played in some kind of game,” yesterday and today, Mattingly said. “He was able to get some ABs and stuff, just continuing to be able to some things.”
Sidelined since Aug. 27 with hamstring problems, Puig has made minimal progress out of the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale, Arizona.
It’s still far too soon to judge Puig’s availability for a potential first-round playoff series. Mattingly said that Puig didn’t play the outfield and offered no news about how well Puig is running. The manager recently said that Puig is running at 80 percent.
“I’m not quite sure how they do that — let him have at bats and not run easy,” Mattingly said.
Update (6:37 p.m.): Thanks to Chris Kusiolek for uploading this video of Puig at the plate today: