LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig gets a night off from the Dodgers starting lineup after he left Friday’s game in the fourth inning with lower/mid back tightness.
Puig downplayed the injury after the game, but said it was something he felt during batting practice.
Kiké Hernandez gets the start in right field on Saturday against the Marlins, batting eighth.
|2B||Gordon (L)||2B||Utley (L)|
|CF||Yelich (L)||SS||Seager (L)|
|3B||Dietrich (L)||CF||Pederson (L)|
Puig leads the Dodgers in starts, starting 41 of their first 43 games, and his 41 games played trail only Corey Seager (42) on the club. Puig is hitting .243/.321/.432 and leads the team with eight home runs and 24 RBI.
Cody Bellinger is tied with Puig for the team lead in home runs, despite playing just 23 games to date. Bellinger is back in left field tonight with Adrian Gonzalez at first base, and Bellinger is batting third.
Third is the eighth different spot in the batting order for Bellinger this year in his first 23 major league starts. He has batted everywhere but ninth so far in his major league career.
Agains the right-handed Dan Straily, Chase Utley gets the start at second base on Saturday, with Chris Taylor at third base.
The Marlins have basically the same lineup as the first two nights of the series, except they are starting Derek Dietrich at third base instead of Christian Colon.