Updates from Monday, June 9
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times provided the latest on Yasiel Puig's status:
Yasiel Puig is back in #Dodgers lineup. Dee Gordon is not.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 9, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 8
Alanna Rizzo of Dodgers.com has the latest on Puig:
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has more:
Gordon and Puig might be available later today off bench.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 8, 2014
"Fairly confident nothing long term," Mattingly said of Gordon and Puig injuries.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 8, 2014
Yasiel Puig was removed from today’s game with a right hip flexor strain. He is listed as day-to-day.. #Dodgers— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 7, 2014
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times had more after the game:
Puig was noticeably limping in the clubhouse. Didn't know how long he would be out. Said he had trouble running after slide.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 8, 2014
The injury came in the top of the fourth inning when Puig was sliding into second to try to break up a double play. He attempted to enter the game in the bottom of the fifth inning but was subsequently replaced by Scott Van Slyke.
The Dodgers had terrible luck on Saturday, as they also lost Dee Gordon, who is listed as day-to-day as well, per Hernandez:
Puig and Gordon are both listed as day-to-day. Then again, the Dodgers have little credibility in regards to injuries.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 7, 2014
Puig has been the Dodgers' best offensive player in 2014. Heading into the weekend, his .336 batting average and 40 runs batted in were first on the team, while his 11 home runs were one behind Adrian Gonzalez.
Since he'll only be day-to-day, it would appear that the injury isn't significant. That's at least good news for Los Angeles as it tries to close the 8.5-game deficit between it and the San Francisco Giants.
The sooner Puig is back, the sooner the Dodgers can strengthen their postseason chances.