Yasiel Puig gets his first start in left field since his first month in the majors on Saturday night in the Dodgers’ middle game of their weekend series against the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami.
Puig starts in left field and bats seventh on Saturday, his third career game at the position and second start. His last start in left came on June 25, 2013, and he played one more inning at the position one day later.
The Dodgers have had the best of both worlds in September, with both Puig and Josh Reddick producing in right field. Puig is 4-for-10 (.400) with two home runs, five RBI and three walks since his return, and Reddick is 10-for-16 (.625) with a home run and two doubles.
In the first seven games of the month, they have split starts in right field depending on the handedness of the opposing starter, but on Saturday both are in the same lineup for the first time against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler.
This is Puig’s first start against a right-handed pitcher since getting recalled from the minors.
Howie Kendrick, who leads the Dodgers with 70 starts in left field in 2016, gets the start at second base on Saturday, giving Chase Utley the night off.