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UPDATE (Aug. 19, 10:35 a.m. PT): According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Yasiel Puig was diagnosed with a mild right hamstring strain:

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The Los Angeles Dodgers squandered seven innings of work from Clayton Kershaw and an A.J. Ellis go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning as the bullpen failed to protect the lead, with the Oakland Athletics eventually winning on a Billy Butler walk-off RBI single in the 10th.

While the loss coupled with the San Francisco Giants defeating the St. Louis Cardinals cut the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West to just two games entering play Wednesday, there may be a bigger issue at hand for the Dodgers.

Yasiel Puig was came up limping after legging out an infield single with two outs in the eighth inning Tuesday night. Dodgers vice president of medical services and manager Don Mattingly came out to check on Puig, who was removed after a brief discussion.

The Dodgers later announced Puig was removed due to tightness in his right hamstring. He previously missed 39 games with a left-hamstring issue this season. Puig is now scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday morning, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:

While Puig will be examined, he doesn’t believe his latest hamstring issue is as severe as the one that cost him a chunk of the 2015 season:

The confidence in his ability to bounce back from injury is what led to Puig aggravating his left hamstring during a rehab assignment High-A Rancho Cucamonga. It’s also something Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman touched on, seeing both positives and negatives in Puig’s overwhelming desire to return.

Puig finished 1-for-3 with one walk Tuesday and is batting .250/.320/.434 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs over 72 games this season and currently has a modest five-game hitting streak.

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