The battered and bruised is getting another day’s reprieve.
Yasiel Puig, who ran nearly full speed into the outfield fence and a supporting post in Miami on Sunday, is out of the Dodgers’ lineup for a second consecutive day.
The Dodgers said he did not suffer a concussion and had no major injury, but kept him out of Monday’s series opener against the Nationals in Washington for precautionary reasons.
Seems they’re still going the cautionary route with Puig sitting against Nationals right-hander Blake Treinin, who is making his first major-league start. Puig had complained of a headache Monday.
Manager Don Mattingly is also giving Adrian Gonzalez a day off, with Scott Van Slyke starting at first. Gonzalez has appeared in all 33 games thus far, though Van Slyke has started for him once before.
Tuesday marks the return of Clayton Kershaw to the mound, and to make room for him on the roster, as expected the Dodgers returned Pedro Baez to double-A Chattanooga. Baez best hope he gets another shot at the majors; after his one appearance Monday, he leaves with an 18.00 ERA.