Prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers game with the San Diego Padres concluding, the San Francisco Giants had lost their sixth straight, which pulled the Dodgers within 3.5 games of first place in the NL West standings.
The Dodgers jumped out to an early lead over the Padres and maintained their lead throughout the game. Among the contributors in Friday’s game was Yasiel Puig, who was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Puig did his damage in the fifth inning and after flying out in the eight, he returned to the dugout with a noticeable limp.
As a result, Puig was removed from the game with a muscle strain, according to the Dodgers:
Yasiel Puig left tonight's game with a mild left hip muscle strain. #Dodgers
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 21, 2014
Puig was replaced by Scott Van Slyke, who has served as a valuable utility man for the Dodgers this season, which is a role he’s content with.
Friday’s exit marks the second time Puig has been removed from a game due to injury, with the first coming June 7 as he suffered a hip flexor, which caused him to miss one game.
Along with missing the one game due to the hip flexor, Puig also missed two games in early May after a violent collision with the right field fence in Miami.
If Puig is to miss time, the Dodgers’ outfield depth would suddenly be somewhat thin as Carl Crawford is still recovering from a sprained ankle.
A report surfaced Friday the Dodgers have put all outfielders except Puig on the trade market, which if true, contradicts general manager Ned Colletti’s preference.
Adding insult to injury, the Padres managed a come-from-behind, walk-off win. After a day off June 19, the Dodgers don’t have a break in their schedule until July 7.
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