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:
PHOENIX — Yasiel Puig, an unexpected absence the last two days at Chase Field, is here today. He is rehabbing his hamstring at nearby Camelback Ranch and did not do any on-field activities today. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that Puig would be flying back to Los Angeles with the team after Sunday’s game.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has a .256 batting average, 11 home runs and 38 RBIs in 77 games this season. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
PHOENIX — Why isn’t Yasiel Puig at Chase Field?
Scott Schebler is greeted at the dugout by teammates after hitting his first career home run against the San Diego Padres in the DOdgesr’ 8-4 win on Friday. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — Scott Schebler contributed to a Petco Park-record tying eight home runs in the Dodgers’ 8-4 win on Friday. The box score is here.
Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez might not return until the playoffs.