Puig Powers Dodgers

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It didn’t take long for Yasiel Puig to top his impressive major league debut. On Monday night, Puig collected two singles and made the defensive play of the game by catching Chris Denorfia straying off first base to end the game. On Tuesday night, Puig crushed his first two major league homers against the Padres, and he hit a double. He may be raw, but he’s already injected life back into the Dodgers’ dismal offense. His three-run home run in the fifth inning was an absolute bomb. His bat speed is so impressive. It will be interesting to see what the Dodgers do if Puig keeps hitting when Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp return from the disabled list. Could Andre Ethier be traded or benched? Getting benched is a long shot, but being traded could happen.

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jurickson Profar has been impressive since being recalled from Triple-A to fill in for the injured Ian Kinsler. To that point, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that the club plans to discuss a way to keep Profar with the Rangers after Ian Kinsler (rib cage) returns from the disabled list. Profar is batting .324 with two home runs and six RBI in 10 games.
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with two home runs against the Brewers on Tuesday night. Cespedes accounted for all the A's offense and is beginning to heat up after a very slow start to the season.
  • Danny Espinosa (wrist) was placed on a 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist on Tuesday and top prospect Anthony Rendon was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Espinosa has been trying to play through the pain, but the Nationals finally made the right decision and placed Espinosa on the DL. Espinosa has been struggling so mightily this year offensively. Rendon will see regular playing time at second base and should be picked up in all formats.
  • Josh Beckett was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury on May 14th and now he will miss at least another four weeks with a nerve issue in his pitching hand. It does not appear at this time that Beckett will not need surgery for this nerve issue, but it would not be surprising if that announcement is made in the coming days or weeks.
  • Mark Teixeira went deep again on Tuesday night as the Yankees defeated the Indians 4-3. Teixeira hit a grand slam Monday and followed it with a three-run homer on Tuesday.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (quad) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a strained right quadriceps. Indians manager Terry Francona said there is now way to really know how long Cabrera will be out with this injury. Mike Aviles is expected to see the majority of playing time at shortstop.
  • Stephen Strasburg (oblique) is on track to return to the Nationals' rotation Saturday. Strasburg won't officially be cleared to start Saturday until he throws a bullpen session Wednesday, but assuming that goes as expected, he will return to action just one week after injuring his oblique.
  • Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday by the Dodgers. Ramirez went  0-for-3 with a sac fly in his return. The more important news is that he reported that he feels great. Let's hope Ramirez can stay healthy this time.
  • Heath Bell earned his 10th save Tuesday night as the Diamondbacks defeated the Cardinals 7-6 in 14 innings. Bell has done a nice job as the D'Backs closer since J.J. Putz went on the disabled list in May.