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:
SAN FRANCISCO — Yasiel Puig‘s rehab from a strained right hamstring remains stalled in Arizona, while Jose Peraza is farther along in his recovery from a left hamstring strain. Only seven games remain in the regular season and the Dodgers haven’t ruled out either player from joining the team for a potential first-round series against the New York Mets.
DENVER — Kiké Hernandez will join the Dodgers in San Francisco on Monday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, and the utilityman will be activated from the 15-day disabled list then.
Hernandez hasn’t played since Aug. 30 because of a strained left hamstring.
Yasiel Puig and Jose Peraza took live batting practice at the Dodgers’ instructional league camp and “are just a little bit behind” Hernandez, Mattingly said. Both players are recovering from strained hamstrings and are questionable to return sometime over the season’s final nine games.
There is a chance Yasiel Puig won’t return this season/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers
Kike Hernandez, Yasiel Puig and Jose Peraza are all nursing hamstring injuries. Mattingly sounded almost certain that Hernandez will return, but he was not as optimistic about Puig and Peraza.
“I feel that Kiké will be back this year, 100 percent, unless he has a setback,” he said. “The next few days are big for him with the increased work load. Yasiel is still having issues running. Last I saw, he was running at 70 percent. We’ll see how he progresses. Peraza is at about the same stage as Puig. We just have to let it play out.”
Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick made progress in their hamstring injuries Tuesday, while a new injury has sidelined outfielder Scott Van Slyke.
Puig jogged on the field for the first time since he strained his hamstring in August. Puig had been working out in a pool and on an Alter-G machine in Arizona before returning to Los Angeles with the team Sunday night.
Kendrick played a simulated game Tuesday at Dodger Stadium for the second straight day and is scheduled to run tomorrow.
Van Slyke, meanwhile, has a cyst on his right hand. Here’s what manager Don Mattingly said about each of them Tuesday: