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MLB Injury News:
Last night, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig
attempted to play through the hip injury that caused him to exit Thursday’s contest.
He was able to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup, but he didn’t make it
past the fourth inning. Puig was removed after four frames, as he told
reporters – including Austin Laymance of MLB.com – that his hip was bothering
him “a little bit.”
Puig did enough before the game to convince coaches that he
could play. However, after grounding out in each of his first two at-bats, the
phenom jogged down the first base line with a noticeable limp. Manager Don
Mattingly told reporters after the game that he’d rather have Puig available
off the bench as a pinch-hitter than for only a few innings at the start of the
"I'd rather have him off the bench for an at-bat than
have him for a few innings," said manager Don Mattingly. "We've got
to make sure our communication gets better. If you can't play, you can't play.
There's no shame in that."
These statements could indicate that Mattingly and the Dodgers
plan to rest Puig for the remainder of the weekend, as the rookie could perhaps
see an at-bat off the bench later in a game rather than start the contests.
Whatever the case, Los Angeles would be wise to use the upcoming All-Star break
to ensure Puig is all the way back from injury by the time the second half
Puig has taken the baseball world by storm since making his
major league debut earlier this season. So far, the 22-year-old has hit
.392/.424/.622 with eight doubles and eight home runs over 158 plate
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