After starting the 2014 season in right field but ending it as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ center fielder, Yasiel Puig is slated to return to his corner outfield position this season.
While Puig proved he was a more than adequate center fielder, the Dodgers have rookie Joc Pederson ready to take the reins up the middle. It didn’t come until recently, but Puig was back to his old ways in right field; keeping a runner honest one game and throwing one out Connor Gillaspie on his attempt to go first to third base on a single.
However, it hasn’t all been roses for Puig in right field as on Friday he collided with Howie Kendrick as they both pursued a fly ball hit into shallow right field. Puig appeared to get a late start and Kendrick attempted to avoid his oncoming teammate, but was unable to and his left elbow struck Puig in the neck.
Saturday marked the Dodgers’ first game at Chavez Ravine this year and it came with a highlight-worthy catch from Puig. With Sergio Santos on the mound in the fourth inning, Puig was unable to track down a ball hit over his head and it resulted in a Collin Cowgill one-out double.
There wasn’t much rest for Puig as the next batter, Johnny Giavotella, hit a shot to the right-center field gap that he this time managed to track down to rob the Angels second baseman of a likely extra-base hit and RBI.