Dodgers eying NLCS for Yasiel Puig's return

DENVER -- While the Los Angeles Dodgers have all but ruled out Yasiel Puig for their first-round playoff series against the New York Mets, the outfielder will continue to work out in Arizona with an eye toward being activated in time for the National League Championship Series, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Puig has been out since Aug. 27 with a strained right hamstring. He missed 38 games earlier in the season with a strained left hamstring and, lately, both legs have tightened up on him at times, Mattingly indicated. The goal would be to get Puig and infielder Jose Peraza in Instructional League games some time early next month with an eye toward the NLCS, which begins Oct. 17.

“They haven't been able to play in games for a while. So right now, they're not part of the equation,” Mattingly said. “If it becomes part of the equation, then we can think about it a lot more."

Peraza, who would be under consideration for a bench role because of his speed, has been out since Sept. 13. Both Puig and Peraza are working out at the Dodgers' training complex in Arizona, mostly taking batting practice and doing some light running.

Meanwhile, utility man Enrique Hernandez will be activated Monday. He, too, has been out with a hamstring strain.