Seeking an offensive spark for a team mired in last place and dogged by injuries, the Los Angeles Dodgers are turning to prized prospect Yasiel Puig.
He was called up on Monday from Double-A Chattanooga, where he hit .313 with eight homers, 37 RBIs and 13 steals in 40 games. His batting average and a .599 slugging percentage led the Southern League.
The 22-year-old outfielder was set to lead off and play right field in his major league debut, with Andre Ethier moving to center field in place of injured Matt Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Left fielder Carl Crawford missed his third straight day with a sore hamstring.
Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers last June after defecting from Cuba.