And Tuesday came, and no Yasiel Puig.
Turns out the cause of his "hobbling" Monday was a sore left hamstring, and despite telling the Dodgers he felt fine by Tuesday and was ready to go, he was left out of the lineup and replaced by
"It's a little sore," Puig said. "Hopefully tomorrow I can play."
That's right, on Tuesday he talked to me. Think he's going with the one-reporter-a-day routine.
The Dodgers have an off-day Thursday, so they might elect to sit him Wednesday too, giving him three days to rest the hammy. Manager Don Mattingly seemed uncertain whether Puig would start Wednesday and said he would defer to the medical staff.
"The fact that he came in today bouncing and wanting to play was a pretty good sign," Mattingly said. "If something like that is in any way serious, guys aren't bouncing around. Guys know."
Puig drove a hit into the right-center gap Monday and went around first at full speed, looking to stretch it into a double, but Nelson Cruz got to the ball quickly and fired it to second. Puig had to jam on the brakes hard and retreat to first.
"It probably happened then because in the previous games I didn't get any hits, so I wasn't used to running," Puig said.
See? He hasn't lost his sense of humor. After getting benched Saturday after a two for 17 start, he'd hit home runs in two straight games.
"He'd be the one for sure that I would try to stay away from, be a little more cautious with," Mattingly said.
As expected, the Dodgers did send infielder