GOODYEAR — Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was scratched from the lineup on Monday with left calf tightness.
Puig was scheduled to start in right field for the Dodgers against the Indians on the road in Goodyear, but was instead a late scratch before the team bus left Camelback Ranch.
"He felt it yesterday as he tried to steal a base, and went through the day,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He said there is a little something there, so I just took him out of the lineup.”
In Puig’s absence, Trayce Thompson moved from left to right field, and O`Koyea Dickson started in left field.
So far in 12 Cactus League games, Puig is 8-for-32 with three home runs, two doubles and four walks, hitting .250/.333/.594. He was 2-for-4 with a stolen base on Friday against the Mariners.
Roberts said Puig would be off Tuesday as well, which with Wednesday’s off day means the earliest he will play again is Thursday.
Puig has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons, though mostly of the hamstring variety. He missed six weeks with a strained left hamstring and 5½ weeks with a strained right hamstring in 2015, then missed 18 days in 2016 with another left hamstring strain.
The outfielder has played in a total of 183 major league games the last two seasons.
Pedro Baez felt fine after throwing a bullpen session on Sunday, Roberts said. It was the first time on a mound for Baez since taking a comebacker off the right hand during live batting practice on Feb. 22. Baez is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Tuesday, roughly 25-30 pitches.
Dodgers 2016 second-round pick Mitch White pitched two scoreless innings against Team Japan on Sunday, allowing only a single. The 22-year-old right-hander out of Santa Clara impressed with three strikeouts. "It was eye-opening to watch him pitch,” Roberts said.