After being on the disabled list for nearly three weeks, the Dodgers have activated Yasiel Puig. In order to make room on the roster, Alex Verdugo was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Puig missed 15 games due to a right oblique strain he suffered July 8 against the Angels. Hitters typically need about a month to recover from a Grade 1 strain, but Puig made it back in 19 days.
The Dodger outfielder made three starts in Oklahoma City this week on. rehab assignment, going 2-for-9 with a pair of singles and a walk.
Verdugo made the most of his time with the Dodgers over the last five games, with five hits and three walks in 19 plate appearances, including a solo homer Friday night in Atlanta.
The Dodgers love the patience Verdugo has shown at the plate in his limited time on the roster and the 22-year-old will be back in September at the latest. Verdugo has more than shown he is capable of contributing at the major league level but the roster spot just isn’t there yet.
In 14 games total with the Dodgers this season, Verdugo has hit .280/.345/.440 with five doubles, one home run, seven runs scored and three RBI.