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Dodgers might be headed toward another Yasiel Puig DL stint

ST. LOUIS -- So much for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ plan to adjust Yasiel Puig’s workout program this past offseason in order to avoid in-season muscle injuries.

Puig is close to going on his second disabled-list stint of the season for hamstring issues, just like what happened last year. And, just like last year, it could be a DL trip for each hamstring.

A year ago, the Dodgers felt that Puig’s bulk made his body too rigid to avoid things like muscle injuries. So flexibility over muscle mass was emphasized over the winter. His DL time last year reduced his playing time to just 79 games.

Coincidentally, Puig has played in 79 games this year too, a number that could stay there for a while if his latest injury has not subsided by early this week.

On Thursday at Washington, Puig suffered what was thought to be a slight hamstring tweak in his right leg as he sprinted to first base. By Friday, manager Dave Roberts was saying that Puig should be able to start by Sunday’s series finale at St. Louis.

Puig did appear as a pinch hitter in Friday’s 16-inning defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals, but he was not in the lineup Sunday.

“There is availability to pinch hit but that’s the extent of it,” Roberts said before Sunday’s game

The Dodgers do have an off day Monday before opening their first homestand of the second half Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“So, come Tuesday, there are only so many days you want to be [a player] short,” Roberts said. “We’re talking about [a potential DL move]. Around four or five days is typically what a team likes to give a player to then see when you have to make a decision.”

Puig was out from June 3-21 with a strained left hamstring. He was struggling when he went to the DL and came back much more disciplined at the plate. In fact, since his June 21 return, Puig is batting .294 (22-for-85) with 12 runs scored and 12 RBIs. He also has a .384 on-base percentage in those 26 games.

Puig is one of 22 Dodgers players who have gone on the disabled list this season. That number is tied for the most in the National League over the past 30 seasons.