Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hamstring) hopes to return this weekend

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he hopes for a return to the lineup this weekend. Puig has been out since April 24 with a hamstring injury.
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he hopes to return to the lineup this weekend after rehabbing his injured hamstring.

Puig has not played since April 24 and went on the 15-day disabled list two days later due to a strained left hamstring.

His rehab with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga last month was stopped after he re-injured the hamstring while running to first base. An MRI later showed a setback in the healing process.

Puig had two hits with a run scored in four at-bats for Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday and was hopeful that he will make an appearance during the Dodgers' weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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"I feel good," Puig said to "I want to be back by Saturday, but it's not my decision. We'll have to talk with the doctors.

"I'm not 100 percent now, but it felt comfortable," Puig added. "I did my job, did my rehab in Arizona and I'll come back here [to play for Rancho Cucamonga] tomorrow night.”

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Puig has only played in 11 of the team’s 54 games this season. He is hitting .279 with two home runs and four RBI in 43 at-bats for Los Angeles, which has a 1.5 game lead in the National League West over the San Francisco Giants.

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