UPDATE (April 24, 9:30 p.m. PT): According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Yasiel Puig re-aggravated his left hamstring:
Official word is that Yasiel Puig re-aggravated his strained left hamstring.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 25, 2015
The injury matter isn’t believed serious as Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports Puig is listed as day-to-day:
Puig is listed as day to day.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 25, 2015
The Los Angeles Dodgers arrived in San Diego fresh off being swept in a three-game series by the San Francisco Giants, but still in a first-place tie in the National League West with the San Diego Padres.
Friday’s series opener pitted Andrew Cashner and Zack Greinke against one another, and the game played out to the expected pitchers’ duel heading into the sixth inning. It was particularly a rough night for Yasiel Puig, who was struck on the left knee by a 96 MPH fastball from Cashner in the first inning.
Puig immediately dropped to the ground and stayed down for several minutes before rising to his feet and taking first base. While he managed to remain in the game, Puig’s luck ran out in the sixth inning as he appeared to re-aggravate his left hamstring injury.
After rolling a grounder over to third base, Puig busted out of the box in attempt to beat Will Middlebrooks’ throw and came up limping after a final lunge to first base with his left leg. He slowly made his way back to the dugout and appeared to immediately head into the clubhouse.
Puig was then replaced in right field by Andre Ethier once the Dodgers finished out the top half of the inning. Puig missed three games with tightness in his left hamstring and needed to sit out April 19 due to lingering soreness after returning April 18.
Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet LA cameras showed Puig ready to take the field in the bottom of the sixth before accepting the fact that he’d been removed. Prior to the start of the Dodgers’ series in San Francisco, Mattingly said he’d been assured by the medical staff that Puig’s hamstring strain was no longer an issue.
While the Dodgers previously resited placing Puig on the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly said he would be comfortable doing so, which may now be required.
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