PHOENIX -- When it rains, it pours.
Though the skies are dry in the greater Phoenix area, the Dodgers keep getting hurt, with Yasiel Puig the latest victim. He woke up with tightness in his left hamstring on Saturday and was scratched from the starting lineup against the Mariners in Peoria.
This comes just a few hours after Puig left Friday night's game after just three innings. Manager Dave Roberts said Friday night and reiterated Saturday that Puig's early exit Friday was a planned move because he was playing the day game on Saturday, and that Puig did not report anything regarding his hamstring before Saturday morning.
"He doesn't know when he did it. He wants to play, but I'm going to scratch him, just for the sake of being ready for opening day," Roberts said. "Any hint for me right now, I'm going to err on the side of caution."
Puig missed 38 games with a left hamstring strain in 2015, from April to June, then missed 34 games on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain from August through the end of the season.
The Dodgers already have pitchers Brett Anderson, Hyun-jin Ryu and Frankie Montas on the shelf. They have catcher Yasmani Grandal likely to open the season on the disabled list with forearm soreness — he was catching a bullpen session on Saturday but had to flip the ball to another person to throw back to Clayton Kershaw — plus Corey Seager (sprained knee) and Howie Kendrick (calf tightness) both currently nursing injuries as well.
"You've got to almost not prepare for the worst but expect the unexpected, whatever kind of trite statement you want to say," Roberts said. I just think for us, we're just looking forward and not let these distractions take care of our focus."
Jacob Scavuzzo, the Dodgers' 21st-round pick in 2012, gets a start in left field with Puig scratched.
Among the pitchers from minor league camp making the trip with the Dodgers is Lisalverto Bonilla, who had Tommy John surgery last April.