Along with suffering a loss in extra innings to the Colorado Rockies Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers also saw two of their most consistent performers this season leave the game in consecutive innings.
Dee Gordon was removed in the fourth with hip discomfort, which he later said he woke up with and hoped it would go away. The following inning, Yasiel Puig was taken out of the game with a hip flexor. Puig was injured on a hard slide into second base as he attempted to break up a double play.
The Dodgers announced Saturday both players are considered day-to-day, which manager Don Mattingly echoed following the loss, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
The fact there are no further tests scheduled [for Gordon or Puig] leads me to believe, hopefully, it’s a day-to-day situation for them.”
A career .264 hitter, Gordon is batting .284 and was coming off a game Friday where he hit two triples and collected three RBIs in the Dodgers’ 7-2 win. It was evident on Saturday Gordon was not quite 100 percent from the outset of the game as had a noticeable limp. He finished 0-for-2 prior to being taken out of the game.
While Gordon has been invaluable to the Dodgers this season, making a smooth transition to second base and cementing his spot at the top of the lineup, Puig’s status may be more important. The once crowded outfield is now bare with Carl Crawford still on the disabled list. As a result, Mattingly is left Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Jamie Romak and Scott Van Slyke as his group of healthy outfielders.
The situation may quickly improve if Crawford is able to return from the DL Thursdays and if Puig truly is day-to-day. However if not, the Dodgers may need to look to the minors and make the long awaited call up of Joc Pederson.
Both Gordon and Puig are absent from Sunday’s lineup, however each is listed as a reserve, which means a DL move will at least be put off for another day.
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