With Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp struggling during his rehab at Class A Rancho, the last thing the Dodgers needed was another injury to the outfield.
However, in the sixth inning, Puig was lifted from the game in favor of Skip Schumaker as he complained of knee pain. Puig either injured his knee sliding back into first or sliding into third on an Adrian Gonzalez single in the fifth inning.
Talking to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Don Mattingly plans to rest Puig at least for tomorrow afternoon’s game:
Puig has stiffness behind knee. Mattingly plans to sit him tomorrow.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 3, 2013
Supposedly Puig has been dealing with some knee soreness of late, but he had to be pulled from the game this afternoon. Mattingly hasn’t been too good in predicting as he thought that Kemp wouldn’t miss a lot of time after his ankle injury in mid-July.
Puig also had issues during his first trip to Coors Field after banging into the right field wall and had to leave the game in early July. With the Dodgers magic number at 14 and the divisional lead at 12.5 games, the Dodgers should play things safe with Puig as the playoff push is in full swing.
Since he was called up, Puig has led the charge in turning the Dodgers season around and after a minor hiccup last week, he seems poised to take home the NL Rookie of the Year award.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Matt Kemp’s rehab assignment.