The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a left hamstring strain. In correlation, the Dodgers activated outfielder Scott Van Slyke from the disabled list.
Puig was reportedly considered day-to-day earlier in the week after experiencing tightness in the hamstring on Monday during the Dodgers’ first of four games against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Puig did not start in any of the series’ other three games, but he did pinch-hit in the final two.
Los Angeles made the move prior to their 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night to avoid a short bench. This trip to the disabled list is Puig’s third since the start of the 2015 season, and he is certainly not a stranger to hamstring injuries. The 25-year-old Cuban outfielder missed over a month in the early part of 2015 due to a strained left hamstring and was absent for the final month of the season with a strained right hamstring.
Puig posted a .237 batting mark in 53 games this year prior to being placed on disabled list on Friday. He has stolen four bases this season, tied with Howie Kendrick for the team lead.
Van Slyke is rejoining the active roster for the first time since suffering a back injury in the first week of the season. He went on a minor-league rehab assignment that included stints with the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. During the rehab assignment, Van Slyke went 7-for-31 with a home run and a double.
Van Slyke is poised to receive some playing time in wake of Puig’s injury, but it seems unlikely that he will get a great deal of action over Trayce Thompson, who has swung a much hotter bat than that of Puig to earn a reasonable chunk of playing time. Thompson has twelve hits over his last sixteen games, including four homers and five runs batted in.
Thompson started in right field for the Dodgers on Friday night and went 2-for-3 with a homer, accounting for his 21 RBI of the season.