On the same day that Yasiel Puig didn’t get voted into the All-Star Game, he left last night’s game against the Rockies after the seventh inning.
Puig struck out in the seventh inning and then disappeared into the clubhouse and was replaced by Andre Ethier in the field. After the game, the Dodgers updated everyone on the reason why Puig left the game:
Yasiel Puig left tonight’s game with an aggravated left hip.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 12, 2013
According to Don Mattingly, the injury isn’t connected to when he crashed into the wall against the Rockies at Coors Field, but he hasn’t had a day off since he’s been in the big leagues.
Puig’s been in the news for the wrong reasons of late as the media has tried to paint him as a villain after an alleged incident with former Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez.
With their victory last night, the Dodgers finally got above the .500 mark and remained 1.5 games behind Arizona while Puig went 2-4 after everyone freaked out his average dipped below .400.
After the game, Puig spoke to Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com about his condition:
“I have to get some treatment tomorrow, but it doesn’t really bother me now,” Puig said through a translator.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Puig got the night off tonight as the Dodgers have just three games before the All-Star break and given the team’s history of injuries this season, it’d be best to give him some rest.