Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig placed on disabled list
Yasiel Puig became the latest Dodger sidelined with an injury as the team placed him on the 10-day disabled list Sunday after Puig bruised his left hip and foot.
The team replaced Puig on the roster with pitcher Brock Stewart, who could start Monday in Phoenix. The Dodgers will not be able to activate pitcher Rich Hill, who is dealing with an infection in his left middle finger, the same one that had a broken nail.
Puig injured himself in the first and second innings in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He crashed into a wall making a catch. Then he fouled a fastball off his foot. An X-ray on his foot came back negative, but Puig remained gimpy.
Manager Dave Roberts expected Puig to require only 10 days off.
“It was a decision that we had to make,” Roberts said.
The team already called up top outfield prospect Alex Verdugo for Saturday’s nightcap. The team needed insurance for outfielder Matt Kemp, who felt tightness in his quadriceps Friday. Kemp did not start in either leg of the doubleheader but went one for four on Sunday.
Verdugo collected two hits and took a walk Saturday in his 2018 debut. Baseball America rated him the game’s No. 37 prospect before the season began.
“He’s performed well in the minor leagues,” Roberts said. “And up here, I love his at-bat quality. For us, especially while Yasiel is on the disabled list, I see him playing against righties and some lefties. We’re going to use him quite a bit.”
Puig has been unable to replicate his production from 2017, when he hit a career-high 28 home runs and played stellar defense in right field. His fielding has been fine, but his bat has been quiet. Puig owns a .193 batting average with a .500 on-base plus slugging percentage. He has not hit a home run.
Short hops: Enrique Hernandez started in right in place of Puig after sitting out Saturday with flu-like symptoms. “Is he 100%? No,” Roberts said. Hernandez still batted third against San Francisco left-handed pitcher Ty Blach and went one for three with an RBI single.
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