Dodger Downer: Akward Slide May Have Injured Yasiel Puig
For a few seconds during Saturday night’s game, the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans had a moment of panic. In the bottom of the eighth inning Dodgers super prospect Yasiel Puig slid head first trying to beat a throw on a close play at first base. Puig was safe but it appeared that he jammed his left hand and shoulder when he came into contact with the bag.
When he popped up it looked as if he was trying to hide some pain as he winced a little before play resumed. As Puig headed out to right field he was seen moving his shoulder and clenching his hand awkwardly. Although he would finish the game there was definitely some concern about the player that has brought life to the Dodgers 2013 season.
Manager Don Mattingly was asked about the incident afterward and didn’t seem overly concerned but said they were going to look in to it. Mattingly said, [quote]“He looked a little rough in there but I didn’t hear anything, didn’t seem like getting treatment or anything like that. So we’ll see tomorrow but it looked like it got in there pretty good though.”[/quote] We will know soon enough as the Dodgers have an afternoon game on Sunday.
If Puig is in fact banged up it will be a big blow in the momentum the club has built in confidence since his arrival on Monday. The rookie has pretty much done everything since being called up including a couple impressive outfield assists. With the bat Puig has already hit four homers and driven in ten runs in only six games while hitting .435 (10-for-23).
This exact type of incident is why it is not encouraged to slide head first when you’re trying to beat a throw at first base. Listening to Mattingly and the players talk after the game it sounded like Puig would be alright but that doesn’t mean that he won’t be a little sore on Sunday.