Puig gets two hits, hopes to return this weekend

Puig gets two hits, hopes to return this weekend

LANCASTER, Calif. -- Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 in his rehab appearance for the Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday night, his first since an aborted appearance on May 8, and hopes to be back with the Dodgers this weekend.

Puig, who had a strained left hamstring and then reinjured it during his May rehab stint which lasted only two games, has not played in a Major League game since April 24.

"I feel good," said Puig, who also scored a run in the Quakes' 8-5 victory over the Lancaster JetHawks. "I want to be back by Saturday, but it's not my decision. We'll have to talk with the doctors."

Puig laced a double to center field in the first and hit an opposite-field single in the sixth. He grounded out to third in the second and struck out against left-hander Evan Grills in the fourth.

As planned, Puig played seven innings. That included going out to right field in the bottom of the seventh.

Puig appeared to move without trouble, and his only real in-game test came when he grounded out to third. On that play, he got out of the batter's box slowly but then ran reasonably hard to first.

"I thought he looked great, and the hamstring looks good," Rancho Cucamonga manager Bill Haselman said. "He ran great. With a pulled muscle, the body eventually heals itself."

"I'm not 100 percent now, but it felt comfortable," said Puig, who is in his third season with the Dodgers and has a career batting average of .304. "I did my job, did my rehab in Arizona and I'll come back here [to Lancaster] tomorrow night."

George Alfano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.