The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed outfielder Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. It is the first time in Puig’s career he has been placed on the disabled list.
Puig had missed six of the last 11 games due to the hamstring and was held out of the lineup Sunday for the second straight game before the announcement was made. He had missed four out of five last week and once the 24-year old returned on Friday, he was pulled in the sixth inning after aggravating the hamstring.
Puig was batting .279 with only 12 hits before being put on the disabled list. He is a career .304 hitter with 37 homeruns.
Manager Don Mattingly says that Puig might have been able to play in four or five days but are putting him on the disabled list to excersise caution.
The team also announced that right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta would also hit the 15-day disabled list with a “dead arm”. Peralta is the teams temporary closer while Kenley Jansen recovers from foot surgery. The 11-year veteran had appeared in seven games for the club with three saves and a perfect ERA.
Peralta is the fourth Dodgers reliever to hit the disabled list this season and the team is running out of help in the bullpen. The Dodgers currently sit at 11-6 and hold a 1.5 game lead in the National League West division.