The Dodgers return home for a 10-game homestand on Monday, and will do so with the most exciting of reinforcements. Yasiel Puig has been recalled by the Dodgers from Double-A Chattanooga and will join the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday, the team announced after their loss to the Rockies.
Matt Magill, who had an historically bad performance in the loss to Colorado, was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque, roughly six hours after he was recalled to make a spot start.
Puig, who signed a $42 million, seven-year deal in June 2012, electrified the Dodgers during spring training, hitting an eye-popping .517/.500/.828 (30-for-58) with four home runs. He has continued to perform for the Lookouts, hitting .313/.383/.599 with eight home runs, 13 stolen bases and 12 doubles in 40 games.
Puig, 22, was held out of the lineup on both Saturday and Sunday as a precaution of a possible call-up to the Dodgers, who have Matt Kemp on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain and another in Carl Crawford dealing with a left hamstring cramp that may or may not sideline him.
Puig played mostly right field for Chattanooga, but played center field on Thursday and Friday in preparation of a promotion one Kemp was placed on the disabled list. Puig played four games in center field for the Lookouts and played 23 innings in center during spring training.
Sure, the Dodgers could have made this move Thursday, as soon as they knew Kemp needed to go on the DL. But even though the move took four days longer than it should have, the important thing is that Puig is here.
Sit back and enjoy the ride.