Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup in his first game back with the Dodgers, starting in right field and batting fifth in the series opener against the Padres on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
It is Puig’s 27th start batting fifth this season, most on the team.
The Dodgers are just 16-18 in games against left-handed starting pitchers this season, and the club is at the bottom of the National League, hitting .218/.297/.340 against southpaws.
Puig is hitting just .231/.294/.359 against left-handed pitchers this season in the majors, right in line with the overall team disappointment against southpaws, though in his career he has hit .279/.372/.454 against portsiders.
Left-handed hitting Joc Pederson gets his sixth start of the season against left-handers, batting eighth against San Diego.
San Diego made some September roster additions as well. They activated utility man Alexi Amarista off the disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Leonel Campos from Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
On Thursday they recalled left-handed pitcher and old friend Ryan Buchter from Triple-A.