SAN FRANCISCO -- A brief scuffle at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday ended up being much more costly for the Giants than for the Dodgers. A few hours after Yasiel Puig was suspended two games, the Giants announced that rookie Dereck Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list after getting hurt during the altercation between Nick Hundley and Puig.
Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day DL on Thursday with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He was one of the first players onto the scene when Puig and Hundley exchanged shoves Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. Rodriguez came from the dugout, and apparently got hurt somewhere during the exchange.
The blow is a big one to a team on the fringes of the playoff race. Rodriguez, a rookie, has been the club's best pitcher, posting a 6-1 record and 2.25 ERA to this point. He has allowed just six runs in five second-half starts, throwing his name into the Rookie of the Year race.
The Giants skipped their fifth starter so Rodriguez and Madison Bumgarner could kick off the series in Cincinnati. Instead, Casey Kelly will start Friday's opener against the Reds. The Giants will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday.