The chances of Yasiel Puig returning for the postseason are looking up.
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Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig could be the latest superstar to make a quicker-than-expected recovery just in time for the postseason — joining the likes of St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright and Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman.
Puig, whose hamstring issues left his chances of playing again this season looking pretty dismal, reportedly has made tremendous gains.
Manager Don Mattingly said Puig is running at full speed and calls his progress "pretty miraculous" and "legendary," according to the Los Angeles Times. Puig is scheduled to play four innings in an instructional league game Thursday.
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Mattingly wouldn’t speculate on Puig’s possible inclusion on the NLDS roster.
"Like a lot of the other stuff with the roster, we haven’t got there," Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously, he hasn’t played in a while. Playing in the instructional league and playing major leagues is probably two different things."
Puig’s hamstring issues have limited him to 77 games this season. He’s hitting .256/.324/.440 with 11 homers and 38 RBI.