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:

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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4 Responses

  1. thomas Rickard

    The 9th inning last night, exposed the lack of speed, while Jensen looked terrible blowing the save, he didn’t get any help in the outfield, especially on Quentin’s hit, Either just couldn’t get to it, if Puig has to miss many games, they need to bring Joc up and put Either back in right. Mattingly once again left me scratching my head, why were there no walks trying for a double play, score tied, man on third and 1 out ??

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  2. Kathy Quan

    Trade Crawford. He doesn’t want to be here and he’s hurt more than he plays.

    Jansen is another story. Something is terribly wrong!! And he got no help. It’s like once things begin to go south they just let them go all the way! Pull him! Pull Perez when he gives up a hit or a walk. Use someone else. Even League has it together finally!!! But this is a mess and how can it be good for the team.

    Kershaw said he was just trying not to screw things up after the team scored so many runs….. UH where is this attitude from the bull pen????? Are they all trying to be Bellisarios???? We got rid of him finally….. we don’t need anyone else to try to replce him!!!

    Coletti needs to get his head out of that place where the sun don’t shine and find REAL pitchers who aren’t has beens!!!!!

    There’s no sense of passion, pride and urgency here!!!

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