Yasiel Puig probably could have played last night in the Los Angeles Dodgers' win over the Colorado Rockies. However, he is not quite 100 percent. Rather than rush him back, the Dodgers gave him the night off and they will re-evaluate today. With a comfortable lead in the division race, Los Angeles has the luxury of trying to get their players as healthy as possible.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com says Puig participated in team stretches before the game, but he did not participate in any drills. He was not ready to go 100 percent, so manager Don Mattingly scratched him for the night. The team has no reason to throw Puig out there if he's still battling lingering pain behind his knee.
"I'm not going to put him out there until he's ready to go full speed," said Mattingly. "He's not the kind of guy that plays half speed."
Puig was lifted in Monday night's game when he felt some pain in his knee. He has been diagnosed with a mild sprain, but he is not expected to need a stint on the DL. At this point, there's no real reason to use the DL anyway. Rosters expanded to 40 on September 1st, and most minor league teams have closed out their seasons.
The Dodgers are 83-55. They have a commanding 13.5 game lead in the division. However, it wasn't always that way. Not too long ago, the Dodgers were sitting in last place, and Mattingly's job was up in the air. Puig is a big part of the team's turnaround. He made his debut on June 3rd. Since then, he has hit .351/.411/.564, and the Dodgers have gone 59-23. Not too shabby.
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