LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig was out of the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup for the third straight game Friday night due to a tight left hamstring, and the team is increasingly concerned he could end up on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career.
"I don't feel like it's that serious. I watched him and it seemed like he ran pretty good, but obviously he's still feeling a little something and that's where the hamstring always is tricky," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Puig appeared to injure himself late in Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners while making a catch in the ninth inning, although neither he nor the team would specify when the injury happened. He had just begun to warm up at the plate after a 2-for-17 start to the season and was playing excellent defense in right field. He picked up three hits Monday and had homered in back-to-back games. He is batting .222.
Mattingly did not use Puig as a pinch hitter Friday because of the danger of aggravating the injury with his first step out of the box.