Found July 13, 2013 on 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 contest. "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 begins. 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 appearances. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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