By Jon Weisman
Yasiel Puig has been sent to the minors, along with Ross Stripling, to make room on the 25-man roster for newly acquired outfielder Josh Reddick and reliever Jesse Chavez.
Rich Hill remains on the disabled list, which he is eligible to return from Thursday if he’s ready. (Technically, Hill is now the 23rd Dodger on the disabled list this year, setting a National League record.) Relief pitcher Josh Fields will also report to the minors.
The Dodgers are expected to comment later today about Puig, who is being optioned to the minors (as opposed to going on a rehab assignment) for the first time since March 26, 2013, when the team sent him to Double-A Chattanooga after his first Spring Training.
Puig’s transaction history appears below (click to enlarge):
Puig has a .320 on-base percentage, .386 slugging percentage and .706 OPS this season for Los Angeles, with a .309 weighted on-base average, 95 weighted runs created and 0.5 wins above replacement, according to Fangraphs. Since returning from the disabled list June 21, Puig has a .390 OBP while slugging .440. On July 31, he made his first start since July 20 and went 3 for 5 with two doubles.
Stripling pitched well out of the bullpen in his most recent stint for the Dodgers (8 2/3 innings, eight baserunners, 2.08 ERA), including a 51-pitch emergency appearance July 31.
Reddick, who was wearing No. 22 with Oakland, will not in fact take Clayton Kershaw’s number, as Brett Anderson suggested. He will wear No. 11, while Chavez will wear No. 58.