Yasiel Puig Makes Return to Dodgers Lineup

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers reinstated Yasiel Puig Saturday from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Scott Schebler back to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room on the roster.

Puig had been on the DL since April 24 with a left hamstring strain missing a total of 39 games. In 11 games this season Puig is hitting .279 with a pair of homers.

The rotation that has been the outfield should be a little more stable with the return of the Dodger right fielder. Manager Don Mattingly expects Puig to play every day after a clean bill of health. But added that the team will give Puig some days off the first 10 days back.

“Over the past 10 days we’ve felt where we’ve missed him in the lineup,” said Mattingly. “You can survive two weeks, three weeks a month but when you start getting into long term is really where you end up in trouble. You start taxing other players and start putting them in position where they are playing against match ups you don’t like.”

Schebler made his major league debut on Friday night, starting in left field going 1-for-3. Despite a slow start at Triple-A, the Dodgers viewed the opportunity as a confidence booster.

“The best thing for Scott is to be playing on a regular basis,” Mattingly said.  “We did think it would be a little bit of a shot in the arm for him to come here and basically let him know that we’re not so much worried about just the results of what’s going on at Triple-A. We had the confidence in his ability and that he is going to be here at some point.”

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Scott Van Slyke took batting practice last weekend in St. Louis and Mattingly said he looked good. The club doesn’t believe he will be out past the 15 days on the disabled list. It is just a matter of Van Slyke being able to get “that last bit of extension” in his swing.

Brandon League will begin a rehab stint with High-A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday afternoon on the road in Lancaster. The Dodger right-hander has been on the 60-day DL with a right shoulder impingement.

 

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