Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Dodgers hit another snag as they try to close out the NL West title after rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig was sidelined by a sore left hip and will not play against the San Francisco Giants Sunday.
According to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, the timetable for Puig’s return is unclear but no further tests, including an MRI, have been ordered.
“I’m thinking somewhere between seven and 10 days for him, hopefully, maybe two or three weeks, I don’t know,” Mattingly said. “Or, it could be tomorrow. I’m not sure.”
With Puig out, four of the Dodgers’ top six hitters by OPS were not in Sunday’s lineup due to injuries.
Carl Crawford has tightness in his back, Andre Ethier has a sprained left ankle and Hanley Ramirez is dealing with nerve irritation in his back and a tight left hamstring.
In addition, Matt Kemp has missed 86 games with ankle, shoulder and hamstring injuries. He could be activated as soon as Monday. Mattingly is hopeful he can get his lineup back in time to gain some continuity entering October.
The Dodgers fell 12 games under .500 due to injuries but turned around things since. Their magic number to clinch the West was four games entering Sunday.
“I’m not really worrying about the number of games. I’d just like to get them all back and know that they are healthy,” Mattingly said. “No. 1, we’ve got to win four more games. So, we start with that.”