Dodgers @ Reds June 9, 2014: Yasiel Puig back, lefties sit

After a 1-game absence due to a hip flexor injury, Yasiel Puig returns to the Dodgers’ lineup. Aside from Chone Figgins, the other eight hitters in the Dodgers’ starting lineup are right-handed — that must mean the Dodgers are facing a lefty.

Tony Cingrani is on the mound for the Reds. He’s given up at least three runs in five consecutive starts. For a team that struggles against lefties as much as the Dodgers do (.208/.284/.345), this should be welcome news.

Dodgers
Reds
4:10pm PT
Cincinnati, OH
2B
Figgins
CF
Hamilton
SS
Ramirez
3B
Frazier
RF
Puig
2B
Phillips
LF
Kemp
RF
Bruce
CF
Van Slyke
LF
Ludwick
3B
Turner
C
Pena
1B
Romak
SS
Cozart
C
Federowicz
1B
Lutz
P
Haren (R)
P
Cingrani (L)

Andre Ethier is out of the lineup for second day in a row, and Adrian Gonzalez is getting a much-needed day off against southpaws. Gonzalez has a putrid .164/.244/.233 triple slash against them. He’s always been at least respectable against them, but not this season. Also, Dee Gordon is out after suffering an injury on Saturday. If a right-handed pitcher were on the hill, he might have been in the lineup. I’m sure there will be an update on his condition tomorrow.

Here’s hoping Dan Haren can keep the ball in the yard tonight — something he hasn’t done in his last five starts (eight home runs allowed total). He allowed just two home runs in his first seven games this season.

Injury updates

Courtesy of Bill Shaikin, of the Los Angeles Times.

Carl Crawford

A.J. Ellis

Good to see Ellis getting healthy. Crawford’s ankle injury looked so bad, it would have been a miracle if he had been ready to go after just 15 days.

Draft signings

The Dodgers have reportedly agreed to contracts with two of their draft picks from last week’s draft. Second-rounder Alex Verdugo (OF) and sixth-rounder Jared Walker (3B/OF) — both high schoolers — have agreed to sign for slot. The draft signings should begin to roll in later this week and early next week. I wouldn’t expect first-rounder Grant Holmes to sign soon because, looking at the Dodgers’ draft strategy, it’s going take an over-slot deal to get him signed. That’s fine, as he should be worth it.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.