Yasiel Puig Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Hip and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2014

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 20:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers gets ready for batting practice before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park June 20, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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Yasiel Puig's troublesome hip flared up again, this time on Friday night against the San Diego Padres. MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported that after a flyout in the top of the eighth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers star was visibly limping:

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported that Puig suffered a mild muscle strain in his left hip:

That's a problem because the 23-year-old had a similar problem earlier in the month. Back on June 7, Hernandez reported that Puig was day-to-day with a strained left hip flexor. Having two hip injuries in the space of less than a month isn't a good sign.

The Dodgers will obviously need Puig as they try to track down the National League West-leading San Francisco Giants. Heading into Friday night, the Cuban star led the team in hitting (.325), was tied for the lead in RBI (42) and tied for second in home runs (11).

The bigger worry is whether or not these hip problems are linked and a sign of larger problems. Los Angeles will want Puig back, but not if he's risking further injury.