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The return of Yasiel Puig

Cardinals at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Kershaw CCXXI: Kershawnational Velvet 
Joc Pederson, CF
Chris Heisey, LF
Yasiel Puig, RF
Justin Turner, 1B
Kiké Hernandez, 2B
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Clayton Kershaw, P

By Jon Weisman

Ending a 39-game absence, Yasiel Puig has been activated by the Dodgers from the disabled list and is back in the starting lineup against the Cardinals.

Puig is batting third, though Don Mattingly told reporters that he could see Puig batting second or fifth going forward.

The Dodgers went 21-18 with Puig out of the lineup, with Andre Ethier batting .285/.362/.504/.866 as the primary right fielder. Ethier is on the bench tonight while the Dodgers face Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia, but figures to get much of the time in left field in the near term.

Scott Schebler, who went 1 for 3 in his MLB debut, has been optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Schebler will be joined there by David Huff, who cleared waivers, but Sergio Santos has elected to become a free agent. Former Oklahoma City reliever David Aardsma, who opted out of his contract, has signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta.

In other news, Brandon League is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.

In case you missed it: Soaking in Spring Training

By Jon Weisman

Man, it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood today. Here’s what’s percolating:

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In case you missed it: Shiny happy people laughing

Los Angeles Dodgers workout

For more images from today, visit LA Photog Blog. 

By Jon Weisman

Share a Spring Training smile with Yasiel Puig and Davey Lopes, then head on down to tonight’s links …
Los Angeles Dodgers workout

  • The circumstances surrounding Kenley Jansen’s foot surgery are detailed by Ken Gurnick of
  • The effort of David Aardsma (pictured at right with Orel Hershiser) to reinvent his mechanics is the subject of a lengthy feature by Gurnick.
  • The newest newest Dodger, Dustin McGowan, is discussed in this Eric Stephen piece at True Blue L.A.
  • Stephen also offers some perspective on Andre Ethier, who reported to camp today.
  • Mark Saxon delved into the topic of Dodger players and social media at ESPN Los Angeles, including an interview with our old friend Josh Tucker. Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson and David Huff also had interesting things to say to Saxon.
  • J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News explores the Dodgers’ process of determining Julio Urias’ workload in 2015.
  • It’s not out of the question that MLB could revert to a 154-game season, according to new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, though don’t look for it anytime soon.
  • What is your opinion of Dave Kingman’s performance? As Will Leitch writes at Sports on Earth, it might deserve to change, given the current era of strikeouts.
  • Farhan Zaidi won the Dodger front-office Oscar pool by picking 20 out of 24 winners.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles…42 days until #OpeningDayLA.

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David Aardsma officially joins Dodgers

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By Jon Weisman

Righty reliever David Aardsma has officially signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers, becoming the 19th non-roster invite to Spring Training at Camelback Ranch, where pitchers and catchers are being welcomed today.

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