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Yasiel Puig, Kiké Hernandez return to Dodgers lineup vs. Rangers

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX -- Both Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez are back in the starting lineup for the Dodgers after each missing a few days with injuries.

Hernandez was hit by a pitch in his side on Sunday, March 20 and hadn't played since Thursday, held out the last few days as a precaution. Puig, dealing with tightness in his left hamstring, was originally not listed in Monday night's lineup against the Rangers.

But after getting treatment from team trainers, Puig was cleared to play and added to the lineup. He last played on Friday night.

Hernandez is playing shortstop and hitting leadoff, while Puig is in right field, batting second.

Monday marks the final night game on the Arizona portion of the Cactus League schedule for the Dodgers, who play two more day games before breaking camp and heading back to California after Wednesday afternoon's game.

Two who won't be breaking camp with the Dodgers are infielder Howie Kendrick and catcher Yasmani Grandal, both of whom will stay back in Arizona dealing with calf tightness and right forearm soreness, respectively.

Grandal was able to make return throws to pitcher Scott Kazmir during his bullpen session on Monday and was to take dry swings after that. It sounds like more of the same for Grandal on Tuesday. Kendrick, however, isn't as active.

"Howie is still kind of in the treatment phase, minimal activity, trying to get that thing loosened up," manager Dave Roberts said. "As far as being out there, being active, that's not going to happen today or the next day."

Hyun-jin Ryu will throw another bullpen session on Wednesday, then the next step for him would be facing live hitters. He is essentially at the spot most starters are early in spring training just before they start to build up their innings, so a best-case scenario for Ryu to return to the Dodgers would be at least five or six weeks from opening day.

Roberts said Monday he wasn't sure if Ryu would face live hitters while with the big club or staying in Arizona for extended spring training, but per Ryu's online diary with Naver he said he planned to leave Arizona with the team (thanks to Joseph Kim for that tidbit).