Yasiel Puig Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Foot, Likely Return Date
Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig was forced to leave Friday's contest against the Colorado Rockies early with a foot injury, but it doesn't sound like there's anything to be overly concerned about.
The team's official Twitter feed had the news:
Scott Van Slyke will take over in right field after Yasiel Puig lines a foul ball off of his left foot. #Dodgers— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 28, 2013
Puig was held out of the lineup on Saturday.
The 22-year-old rookie fouled two balls off of his left foot in the bottom of the fifth inning, and after flying out to right field, the Dodgers replaced him and called the minor injury a "bruised left foot," according to CBS Sports' Matt Snyder.
Nevertheless, they were up 10-0 over the Rockies at the time, and with nothing to play for during the regular season's final weekend, there was no reason to keep Puig in the game.
There's always a chance that something like this can flare up overnight, but this sounds like nothing more than a precautionary move as the team gets prepared for the postseason.
In 101 games this season, Puig has been a revelation for the Dodgers during his rookie campaign, hitting .324/.394/.543 with 19 home runs, 42 RBI and 65 runs scored while showing off a cannon for an arm in right field.
It would be extremely surprising if he wasn't ready to go against the Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.
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