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Carl Crawford lands on disabled list, Yasiel Puig batting leadoff in major league debut

Jun 3, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

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Lots of movement for the last-place Dodgers as they prepare to begin a three-game series tonight against the Padres.

Carl Crawford, who suffered a strained right hamstring on Saturday, has officially landed on the 15-day disabled list. The move clears a spot for right-hander Stephen Fife on the active roster. Fife will make the start tonight after left-hander Chris Capuano had to be scratched due to a strained triceps muscle.

Oh, but that’s not all. Yasiel Puig, who was called up from Double-A Chattanooga yesterday, will make his major league debut tonight in right field. And the Dodgers aren’t easing him into things. He’s batting leadoff. With Puig in right field, Andre Ethier will make his second start in center field in the past week.

Eric Stephen of the excellent True Blue LA notes that the last Dodger to start out of the leadoff spot in his MLB debut was Jose Offerman on August 19, 1990. He homered in his first at-bat. No pressure or anything.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    I’m still unsure how his name is properly pronounced. Can someone enlighten me?

    • dodger88 - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM


      • jerze2387 - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        so its Yah-seel Pweeg?

      • dondada10 - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Yes. Furthermore, Jedd Gyorko is pronounced Jerk-oh.

        You probably new the second one, but I just think it’s funny as hell.

        I wish his name was Gyorkoff.

      • jerze2387 - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        My gf actually calls gyorko “gee-yor-ko” or “guy-ro-ko”. Cant wait to see what she calls pweeg

  2. fearthehoody - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Fork is ready, now insert

  3. moogro - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM


  4. elmo - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Ya, sí: El Puig.

  5. brownsbraves11 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I say forget all that and just call him Man Bear Puig.

  6. rcali - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    He may be the best hitter in the line-up tonight for the Dodgers…yes, it’s that bad…and he’s that good.

  7. 13arod - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    is everone going on the disabled list for the dodgers???

  8. Jack Marshall - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Best. Trade. Ever.

    Daniel Nava, the semi-pro league sign now playing regularly for the Red Sox, is outperforming Crawford at $500,000 for 2013.

    • grnthghs - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Truly, as Crawford is such a joke, right?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Really. Uneducated. Bullshit.

    • hammyofdoom - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Well to be frank Nava is outperforming Crawford at this very moment in a lot of ways: 13 points on slugging, 50 in OBP but who knows if that’ll keep up. What I WILL say is that while I like Crawford it’s nice to see his contract gone and Nava has been a damn steal for the Sox

  9. mybrunoblog - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Is there a reason why HBT is using the old Dodgers logo? Did you guys miss the memo?

  10. grnthghs - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Made of Glass. Hurts his wrist in the sliding catch and the next day on the DL with a hamstring – go figure? I thought it was your wrist – excuse me its your leg. He has made a career out of it milking the money bag owners. Give me a break Crawford. Go spend your money and forget sitting on the bench. Don’t blame you being a young man and getting all the babes as a glassmade star. You tell all the girls getting sympathy poolside talking with the bikini clads – have fun ripping off the owners. If they are stupid enough to pay you why not? – no harm except people like you are ruining the game – I guess Vernon decided to play maybe you will some day. Still the hurt Yankees are coming back and I think Vernon’s days are numbered. Except, that’s right, Granderson has now taken a suit of glass instead of armor.

    • stex52 - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Ruining the game? How is that?

    • kendallsalter - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM


      • yahmule - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        To summarize: athletes are rich, chicks dig them, I’m so jealous.

    • hammyofdoom - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Made a career out of milking injuries huh? So THAT’S why he played over 140 games every year between 2003 and 2010 (minus 2008). Even in his first season with Boston he played 130 games. He’s literally had 2 seasons where he’s missed significant time, next time you decide to go on a tirade you might want to make sure you’re… you know, right.

  11. manchestermiracle - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    You know things are going south in Dodger land when the next pitcher up for a hammering is Stephen (Barney) Fife. Hope Andy gave him more than one bullet.

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