Yasiel Puig Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Thumb
UPDATE: Sunday, August 4, by Brandon Galvin
From The Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez:
Mattingly said Puig is probably available to pinch run or play defense off the bench today. Anticipates he will be in the lineup tomorrow.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 4, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, August 3, by Ian Hanford
From the Dodgers:
Yasiel Puig has a left thumb contusion.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2013
DodgersNation.com reported on the development, and it appears that the budding superstar was removed from the game for precautionary reasons.
As outlined in the report, Puig told Dodgers trainers he felt fine, but the club insisted on taking him out of the game.
Puig put his body on the line for yet another sensational play in the outfield, robbing shortstop Starlin Castro of a hit with a diving catch in the seventh inning. Unfortunately, the way Puig caught the ball was awkward, and his wrist twisted into the grass as he slid on his stomach and managed to hold on to the ball.
The 22-year-old prodigy has taken Major League Baseball by storm since arriving in LA, boasting an average of .376 with 11 home runs and 25 RBI entering Saturday's game.
An impressive series at the plate continued for Puig, as he socked two singles in three at-bats before exiting. That put him at 6-for-10 in the series, per DodgersNation.com.
Along with his precocious hitting ability, perhaps even more eye-popping has been Puig's play in right field. At 6'3" and 245 pounds, he's incredibly athletic and rangy for his size, and that was on display in this latest spectacular play.
Since it seems like Puig's absence from the conclusion of this contest was more of a safety measure than anything, he should continue to be a force for the National League West-leading Dodgers for the remainder of the 2013 season.
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