The Los Angeles Dodgers had a tough game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday afternoon. Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey hit back-to-back home runs as the Dodgers were forced to use seven different pitchers throughout the entirety of the game. In a particular play during the 7-2 loss, Yasiel Puig dove head first into first base. Although Puig appeared to have hurt his hand, which led trainers examining it upon his return to the dugout, he was not taken out of the game.
According to Bill Plunkett of the O.C. Register, Don Mattingly said the thumb seems to be sore and Puig’s availability for Sunday’s game is unclear:
Yasiel Puig injured his thumb on dive into 1B. "Little sore" Mattingly said. "Could get more sore overnight so we'll see" about playing Sun
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 6, 2014
The 23-year-old did receive an X-ray after the game although the results have yet to be reported, via Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
Puig said his thumb was x-rayed, but he wasn't given the results. It is not taped or splinted at this time.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 6, 2014
This thumb injury seems to be the next story in the Puig saga after being benched during yesterday’s game for arriving to the stadium late. Ever since Mattingly made comments that compared the right fielder to the boy who cried wolf, it seems that fans and the organization alike take Puig’s claimed injuries with a grain of salt. Most recently, Puig was taken out late in the game two of the Australia series after striking out and claiming to have tweaked his back. He only missed one practice due to this injury and hasn’t had any issues with it since.
Puig also dealt with shoulder inflammation this off-season, but like the rest of his injuries, he has always been able to bounce back. Hopefully this thumb soreness is no different. The team is likely to get more conclusive answers soon and will be able to make a decision as to whether or not Puig will be able to play in Sunday’s game.
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