Coors Field hasn’t been the friendliest of stadiums to Dodger outfielders the past year or so as Matt Kemp’s injury woes started there and Yasiel Puig has had a rough go of things in just four games.
Back in early July, Puig crashed into the right field wall and while he didn’t miss any time, he had to leave the game. Unfortunately, the issues continued yesterday as Puig injured his knee sliding into third base and had to leave the game.
While manager Don Mattingly said he was out of the lineup as a precaution, Puig would’ve pushed it if it were a playoff game according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
I think if this were a playoff game, Yasiel would try to play in it, Manager Don Mattingly said.
Puig is reportedly available to pinch hit in tonight’s game, but likely wouldn’t pinch run or play the field if he entered the game. Mattingly also said that Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford will probably get tomorrow night off since lefty Jorge De La Rosa is on the mound as he looks to start resting starters.
With a 12.5 game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers have seen their magic number decrease to just 14 and it’d be wise to let Puig and everyone else rest any nagging injuries.
Hanley Ramirez also wasn’t in the lineup tonight and along with Ethier and Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez could be sitting next to them tomorrow night also.
Puig has responded nicely to his benching last week as he’s made several nice plays in the field and hasn’t cooled off at the plate as he’ll almost likely be in the lineup tomorrow.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Matt Kemp’s rehab assignment.