Even after missing more than half of the regular season and missing all of the month of September, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will be on the NLDS roster when the Dodgers take on the New York Mets, according to the New York Times.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Puig is unlikely to start, however. With the Mets starting three right-handers in the first few games of the series in Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey, lefties Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford will be favored over Puig.
There was some doubt that Puig would even make the roster, but having a player of Puig’s skill coming off of the bench in a pinch-hitting or defensive situation will be a big boost for a Dodgers team looking to reach the NLCS.
“I’m very happy I’ve been given the opportunity to prepare with the team as they get ready for the postseason,” Puig said through a translator. “That’s what I’m doing. I have to do my best to prove myself and give myself an opportunity to come off the bench and do something. In the meantime, I’m supporting my teammates who have worked so hard to get here.”
Puig this season appeared in just 79 games and had a down year of sorts hampered by injury. He hit just .255 with 11 home runs in 311 plate appearances. He returned over the weekend and was 1-for-5 at the plate in two games played.
With outfielder Scott Van Slyke not progressing well in his return from a wrist injury, Puig was a good candidate to replace him.
Mattingly has informed the team of the NLDS roster, but it will not be released until Friday’s deadline.
Game one of the best-of-5 series against the Mets gets underway Friday at 9:30 ET on TBS at Dodger Stadium.