Yasiel Puig Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Hip

Justin OnslowContributor IIJuly 4, 2013

Yasiel Puig is doing everything in his power to earn the respect of his peers. Unfortunately for the budding superstar, that effort has included a couple of run-ins with the right field wall.

UPDATE: Friday, July 19, at 3:40 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times has the latest on Yasiel Puig. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, July 13, at 3:59 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

After being taken out of last night's game due to "precautionary reasons", Puig is not in tonight's starting lineup against the Rockies according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 4, at 7:01 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

ESPN's SportsCenter provides the update all Dodgers fans were hoping to hear:

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Puig took a full head of steam into the right field fence at Coors Field Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, injuring his left hip in the process. As reported by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ official Twitter account, the results of X-rays following the collision came back negative:

Considering the force with which he hit the wall, Puig should feel lucky that the result was just bruising. It looked like the collision could have resulted in much more serious injuries.

But this isn’t the first time the 22-year-old Cuban has had a scary encounter with an outfield wall. Just last week, Puig went toe-to-toe with the right field fence at Citizens Bank Park, prompting manager Don Mattingly to report on the health of the stadium wall, as noted by Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times:

All kidding aside, it’s refreshing to see a young star play with reckless abandon and full intensity night in and night out. He may have a little bruising to show for it, but Puig plays the game the right way.

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Puig’s all-out effort could eventually land him on the disabled list—something the team cannot afford after starting the season 40-43, just recently finding its rhythm with nine wins in its last 10 games.

Puig has been a big part of that surge. In 28 games this season, the right fielder is hitting an astounding .440 with eight home runs and 18 RBI. Hopefully for his sake—and that of the Dodgers—he manages to stay on the field while maintaining his energetic playing style.