Eric Stephen | True Blue LA
Puig, hitting .423 in the early going, will head to Scottsdale to face the Giants on Friday afternoon in the first of two games for the Dodgers.
Yasiel Puig had two more hits as the number three hitter on Thursday in the Dodgers' 11-11 tie with the Rangers at Camelback Ranch, and will continue to get chances to play, as he was on the team's travel roster to Scottsdale on Friday, as posted in the clubhouse on Thursday.
The Dodgers play two games Friday, one at 12:05 p.m. PT in Scottsdale against the Giants, and one at 6:05 p.m. PT back home against the Reds in Glendale. But rain threatens the greater Phoenix area on Friday, and there is a possibility one or both games get washed away.
But the plan for now is for Puig to be among those on the bus to Scottsdale against the Giants. In his team-leading 12th game on Thursday, Puig struck out in the first inning, but he singled in the hole between first and second base in the third inning to drive home Dee Gordon. In the fifth inning, Puig singled and later scored on a double by Elian Herrera.
In his 12 games, Puig is hitting .423 (11-for-26), or as Brian Barden calls it, an 0-for-7 slump. Puig remains the only Dodger to play in a Cactus League game each day they have had one scheduled.
Here are the Dodgers scheduled to join Puig on the bus to Scottsdale on Friday:
Manager Don Mattingly said on Thursday that if it looked like rain would wash out one of the two games, he would try to bunch up Lilly and Chris Capuano, who is otherwise scheduled to start the night game against Cincinnati.
Given the relatively light travel roster listed here of 19 (there were 31 Dodgers in uniform on Wednesday in Goodyear against the Indians), expect this crew to be joined by a healthy dollop of minor leaguers.