Yasiel Puig made headlines again on Wednesday night, but this time it's not for reasons that Los Angeles Dodgers fans will appreciate.
Puig was running back in right field to make a catch against the wall at Coors Field, and he made a spectacular one. However, while he saved at least one run, he also injured himself on the play.
Puig crashed into the wall in a nasty way, hitting his back against the fence and apparently giving himself a charlie horse against the padding that stuck out where he hit his leg. There could be more injuries as well, but this is what we know.
To his credit, Puig tried to stay in the game after making the catch, and he even hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth. However, he would not come back onto the field after the inning was over.
Needless to say, Dodgers fans were worried.
Yasiel Puig leaves game in 6th after hitting the wall attempting a catch. He finishes 1-3 & has hit in 24 of 28 games this season.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 4, 2013
“@SportsCenter: Yasiel Puig leaves game in 6th after hitting the wall attempting a catch." Noooo 😭😭— Andrew Frear (@AndrewFrear) July 4, 2013
Puig is yet another Dodgers outfielder who has been injured by running into the wall, joining Matt Kemp.
Last season, Kemp ran into the centerfield wall at full speed, injuring himself in a way that required shoulder surgery, and keeping him out for the rest of the season.
Hopefully Puig's injury won't be as bad as Kemp's and seeing him play for a bit after colliding with the wall is a good sign.
The real issue here is that Puig has no business running into walls like he did on Wednesday night.
Call me conservative, but this 22-year-old phenom is worth too much to the Dodgers to hurt himself in the field
His bat is one of the best in the game, as he is batting .440 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in just 28 games. He also became the first player to ever win both Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month in his first month in the MLB.
What's more, since the Dodgers called up Puig, the team is 16-11 compared to 23-32 without him. He is a big reason why the team has fought its way back into playoff contention, sitting just 2.5 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the NL Central crown.
This kid simply means way too much to the Dodgers, and he has no business making plays like this that put his health at risk.
You can see L.A. fans physically cringe when they see him hit the wall, and a hush falls over the ballpark when he doesn't get back up.
Everyone knows just how much this guy means to the Dodgers, and if he goes down, so does the team.
Luckily Puig's X-rays came back negative and it doesn't look like he''l have to hit the DL.
Yasiel Puig update -- left game with bruised left hip. Precautionary X-rays negative for injury, positive for awesomeness. Day to day.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 4, 2013
Yasiel Puig has tears on his left hip as well as on his thigh muscles after crashing with the wall. X-rays are negative. via @rafaelrojasc— Daniel Arreola (@ArreolaSport) July 4, 2013
This was a close call for Puig, and hopefully he'll realize how important he is and won't put himself in harm's way anymore.
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