The Los Angeles Dodgers activated rightfielder Yasiel Puig from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, the team announced. He was in the team’s starting lineup for Saturday’s game in Los Angeles against the St. Louis Cardinals, batting third.
Puig, 24, missed 38 games because of a left hamstring strain. He last played on April 24 and made two rehab appearances with Class A Rancho Cucamonga before reinjuring the hamstring, prolonging his return. He continued his rehab assignment on Thursday.
Over 11 games before sustaining the hamstring injury, Puig batted .279 with two home runs, four RBIs and an .845 OPS.
In his return Saturday, Puig went 1 for 3 with an RBI double and two strikeouts.
The Dodgers went 20–17 in Puig’s absence. Andre Ethier started in Puig’s place and hit .285 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in his place.
Outfielder Scott Schebler was optioned to Triple A Oklahoma City to make room for Puig. He was recalled from Triple A on Friday and singled on his first major-league pitch.
The Dodgers went on to defeat the Cardinals 2–0 on Saturday behind a stellar pitching performance from Clayton Kershaw.
- Mike Fiammetta