With the recent rash of injuries to hit the Dodgers starting outfield, there has been much speculation regarding the possible promotion of Cuban slugging sensation Yasiel Puig. Heck, now that we have both Kemp and Crawford out of the lineup there is no doubt a need to bring somebody up. Well, earlier today there was some circumstantial evidence, via the Times Free Press of Chattanooga, that would lead one to believe that Yasiel's promotion was a certainty.
Chattanooga Lookouts outfielder Yasiel Puig left AT&T Field in street clothes late this afternoon, furthering speculation that he is being promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Now we find out that Puig is in fact coming to LA. Via a tweet from David Vassegh of Fox Sports LA, we find out that it has just been made official.
Puig was seen receiving congratulations from teammates in the clubhouse before today’s game against visiting Mississippi. Lookouts manager Jody Reed declined comment before his team took the field, and the Dodgers have yet to announce a transaction regarding Puig.
I think we all have been eagerly awaiting for this moment. Heck, maybe a little bit of youthful exuberance might be what we need to get us out of our funk.
Hat Tip: JP Hoornstra on Twitter
Pic Credit Above: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013
Here is the official press release from the Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today optioned right-handed pitcher Matt Magill to Triple-A Albuquerque and announced that they will recall outfielder Yasiel Puig from Double-A Chattanooga tomorrow, when the club opens a 10-game homestand against the San Diego Padres. Puig, who will be making his Major League debut, hit .313 with 13 steals, 12 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 37 RBI in 40 games with the Lookouts, leading the Southern League with a .313 batting average and a .599 slugging percentage and ranking among the league leaders in steals (T-10th), doubles (T-5th), triples (T-7th), home runs (T-4th) and total bases (88, 6th). The 22-year-old was hitting .373 (19-for-51) with runners in scoring position for Chattanooga. Puig, who was signed as a free agent on June 29, 2012 out of Cuba, batted .517 with five doubles, two triples, three homers and 11 RBI in 27 Cactus League games with the Dodgers.
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