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Los Angeles Dodgers Recall Yasiel Puig, Will Make Major League Debut June 3

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Dodgers' prospect Yasiel Puig to make Major League debut on June 3.

COMMENTARY | Following the a 7-2 loss on June 2 to the Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Dodgers recalled consensus top prospect Yasiel Puig from Double-A Chattanooga.

To make room on the roster, the team optioned right-handed pitcher Matt Magill, who had a rough go of it against the Rockies starting in place of Hyun-Jin Ryu, back to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Puig is hitting .313/.383/.599 on the season with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 40 games for the Lookouts. The outfielder was signed to a 7-year, $42 million contract just a little more than 11 months ago.

Dodgers' outfielder Carl Crawford left the June 1 game in Colorado with a sore hamstring. It isn't believed to be a serious injury.

I argued Joc Pederson should be recalled ahead of Puig if for no other reason he's more of a center fielder than Puig. The Dodgers' brass thought differently.

I'm not against the call-up. Puig really can't learn much more in the minors at this point. If the Dodgers didn't have three outfielders signed to long-term, big-money deals, he would have broke camp with the team at the end of March.

Puig can play center field better than anyone on the active roster not named Skip Schumaker, but the Dodgers can't afford to play Schumaker as much as they have so far this season because he's just not that good.

Puig will make his Major League debut on Monday against the San Diego Padres, but it's unknown if he'll be in center field.

With Eric Stults, a left-hander, pitching for the Padres on Monday, it'd be surprising if Puig hits any lower than fifth in the batting order.

Here's how I'd fill out the Dodgers' lineup card tomorrow:

Nick Punto SS

Mark Ellis 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Scott Van Slyke LF

Puig CF

Ethier RF

Juan Uribe 3B

Tim Federowicz C

Chris Capuano P

The Dodgers are 23-32 and in last place in the National League West. This is a move based somewhat in desperation. There's not enough healthy talent on the roster right now. Aside from a brief disabled list stint, Puig has been healthy all season. The impact potential is too great right now for the Dodgers to leave him in the minor leagues.

There isn't much risk in recalling Puig at this point. He'll be around at least until Matt Kemp returns from injury. If he hits well enough in that time, he might force the Dodgers' hand.

Andre Ethier is the player who would most likely be moved to make room for the phenom. That's something general manager Ned Colletti will have to deal with when the time comes.

Monday night's game just became appointment television for baseball fans -- Dodger or otherwise.

Dustin Nosler has followed the Dodgers from Northern California all his life. He's the founder of Feelin' Kinda Blue, a Dodger blog. He also co-hosts "Dugout Blues," a weekly Dodger podcast. Find him on Twitter @FeelinKindaBlue.

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