Heisey with Dodgers, but not active as Puig plays
Mattingly says pending move unrelated to Cuban outfielder's health
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig returned to the starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Giants after missing four of the previous five games with a tight left hamstring. Manager Don Mattingly deemed Puig was healthy and expected to play the entire series in San Francisco.
Still, Triple-A outfielder Chris Heisey was conspicuously present in the Dodgers clubhouse before the game, though the team was yet to announce an official move. Mattingly wouldn't confirm that Heisey's arrival was insurance for the team if Puig had a setback.
"We expect Yasiel to be ready to go tonight and be healthy," Mattingly said before Tuesday's game. "This is anticipation of something else. ... You'll find out soon enough. [Heisey] is here right now. We wouldn't fly him here for no reason. Just don't have that reason for you right now."
Heisey was among their final roster cuts in Spring Training, optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 30-year-old, who has played parts of the past five seasons with Cincinnati, batted .257/.350/.629 with four homers and seven RBIs in 10 games with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
"I just was lost with my swing and had no confidence in the box," Heisey said of his Spring Training. "But it wasn't because I was pressing or trying too hard. I was loose and having fun; it just so happened that my mechanics were not very good. I was able to get some of that hashed out, so I'm feeling really good about my swing and where it's at right now."