The Dodgers might have Yasiel Puig back in their lineup soon, as the outfielder is schedule to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, for the start of a four-game series on the road at Lancaster.
Puig will start a minor league rehabilitation assignment tomorrow with Rancho.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 3, 2015
Puig plays with Rancho tomorrow.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 3, 2015
Yasiel Puig plays in Lancaster tomorrow for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) June 3, 2015
#Dodgers Yasiel Puig will start rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga Thurs.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 3, 2015
Puig has been sidelined since April 24 with a strained left thamstring. He has been working out for the last week at the Dodgers facility at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.
He is one of three Dodgers outfielders currently on the disabled list, along with Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke.
This will be the second go-around with the Quakes for Puig, who tried a rehab assignment four weeks ago. Puig played one full game as designated hitter on May 7, then started in right field on May 8, but was removed from the game in the sixth inning after feeling tightness again in his hamstring.
It is unknown just how long Puig's rehab assignment will be, but the Quakes play four in Lancaster through Sunday, then head to Modesto for three games beginning on Monday.
Puig could rejoin Dodgers next week.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 3, 2015
Mattingly thinks Puig could return next week.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 3, 2015
Puig is hitting .279/.380/.465 this season but has played only 11 games. Wednesday night will mark his 37th straight game missed since he was placed on the disabled list.