Yasiel Puig Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Knee, Likely Return Date
The Los Angeles Dodgers have potentially been dealt an untimely blow, as phenom Yasiel Puig suffered a right knee strain against the Colorado Rockies on Monday.
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com and the Dodgers' official Twitter account share some important details:
Puig came up sore when he slid into third base on Adrian Gonzalez's single.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 2, 2013
Yasiel Puig left today's ballgame with a mild right knee strain. #Dodgers— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 2, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 3
MLB.com's MLB Lineups Tweeted out the Dodgers' lineup vs. the Rockies, which does not include Yasiel Puig:
Puig, who was safe on an error and scored a run in the top of the sixth, was replaced in right field by Skip Schumaker in the bottom half of the inning.
While it's always concerning for a team to see its 22-year-old burgeoning superstar—who essentially sparked the season's turnaround back in June—go down with an injury, Dodgers fans can rest assured with two things.
First, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register says that Puig is only considered day-to-day:
Yasiel Puig left the game with a mild right knee strain. #day2day— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 2, 2013
Second, the Dodgers are currently 12.5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. Although they are chasing the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the NL, they can afford to take things slow with Puig.
After going 1-for-3 on Monday, Puig is hitting a robust .351/.411/.564 with 14 home runs, 32 RBI and 55 runs scored in 80 games this season. He has also shown off a rocket arm in right field and gaudy speed for someone standing 6'3" and weighing 245 rock-solid pounds.
Unless the prognosis takes a sudden, unexpected turn for the worse, it seems as though Los Angeles has dodged a bullet here.
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