During the Los Angeles Dodgers’ getaway game on Thursday, the offense didn’t pan out as expected. With five double plays on the day, an ample amount of opportunities were wasted to provide insurance runs. They did win the game though, 1-0, to complete the sweep.
In the top of the ninth inning, the Dodgers had runners on the corners with no outs and Yasiel Puig at the plate. On a full count, the Cuban native hit a dribbler down the line towards third base, allowing him a chance to make it to first base. After checking Justin Turner at third, Aroldis Chapman threw a bullet late to first base, making Puig as safe.
The downside of the play came on the stretch by Puig at first base. While sprinting down the line, it appeared as though Puig reaggravated his right hamstring injury as he pulled up after hitting first base. The Dodger right fielder tried to jog and stay in the game, but he was forced to come out. An interesting occurrence would take place, as Juan Nicasio would come out of the bullpen to pinch run for Puig.
On August 18, the 24-year-old had an MRI on his right hamstring, after stating that he felt some tightness in the area. Mattingly and the front office will have to take precautionary steps to ensure that Puig can completely heal the injury, especially with just 36 games left in the season.
Apparently, the injury sustained on Thursday happened to be worse than the one suffered in Oakland, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Puig said his hamstring feels worse than it did in Oakland.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 27, 2015
He missed two games and had three days of rest after injuring it in Oakland. At this point it is unclear whether he will receive another MRI.
For the game, Puig went 2-for-4, with two singles, extending his season-long hitting streak to 10 games. His previous career-high was 16, set during the 2014 season. On the season, Puig is slashing .256/.324/.440, with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs.