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MLB Injury News:
While we can revel in welcoming the Los Angeles Dodgers' rookie sensation Yasiel Puig to the Majors, we can also forget about the injured players that have helped make Puig's debut possible. Like many other teams. the Dodgers have had their share of injuries to key players throughout the early part of the 2013 season. Here is an update on some of those key players, courtesy of MLB.com's Austin Laymance.
Ted Lilly, P
Left-handed starter Ted Lilly could possibly miss his next start on Sunday, June 9. Lilly has a sore neck and is currently listed as day-to-day. He ran and threw casually on June 6, but his soreness will likely cause him to miss his next bullpen session and possibly Sunday's game with the Atlanta Braves. Lilly is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in five starts. He missed most of May to injury.
Carl Crawford, LF
Left fielder Carl Crawford is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He last played on June 1 and was expected back in mid-June. A June 6 MRI revealed increased swelling, which means Crawford will miss most of June. Crawford was off to a good start, hitting .301 with 5 HR and 13 RBI before his injury.
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez returned to action on June 4 after a month on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. He took Thursday off as a starter but pinch hit late. He did not have to test the hamstring as he walked and scored on Puig's grand slam. Ramirez is expected to play the rest of the series. Ramirez is 6 for 18 with 1 HR in just seven games this season.
Mark Ellis, 2B
Second baseman Mark Ellis sat out his fourth of five games with a strained groin, but he is expected to play on Friday, June 7, against Atlanta. He has one start and two pinch hit appearances since June 2. Known more for defense, Ellis is having one of his better offensive seasons in recent years so far, hitting .268.
Other injured players
The Dodgers are also awaiting the returns of other key players such as CF Matt Kemp (hamstring, mid-June), LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left foot, any day), and LHP Chris Capuano (shoulder strain, undetermined). These and previous injuries (such as Zack Greinke) have contributed to the Dodgers' poor performance so far this season.
The Dodgers are in last place in the N.L. West at 26-33 as play begins on June 7. Getting their key players healthy could help them show improvement in the season's second half, but they will have a difficult time overcoming their division opponents and getting back into contention.
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