Back at last: Dodgers’ Puig returns from DL, starts Saturday

Yasiel Puig's return makes the Dodgers even more dangerous in the playoffs.

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LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig has rejoined the Los Angeles Dodgers after his second stint on the disabled list.

The outfielder was in the starting lineup for Saturday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. Puig went 1 for 3 with a single.

Puig returned to Los Angeles after playing two games in the Arizona instructional league as he rehabbed from a right hamstring strain.

Manager Don Mattingly says Puig won’t start Sunday in the regular-season finale. He could enter the game as part of a double switch or come off the bench.


The Dodgers want to see what Puig can do before they establish their roster for the playoffs, which begin next Friday against the New York Mets.

Puig has been limited to 77 games this season because of injuries. He is hitting .257 with 38 RBIs and 11 home runs.

Puig extended his hitting streak to 11 games dating to Aug. 23. He isn’t expected to start Sunday, but could pinch hit or enter as a defensive replacement.

"I don’t need that much work to feel I can have good at-bats," said Puig, who appeared noticeably thinner. "All the work I’ve been doing in Arizona, I probably have lost a little weight."