Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig put his less than impressive spring behind him during the Opening Series this past weekend in Australia. With three hits, two RBI and one run scored over the series, Puig helped his team sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks.
After the second game yesterday, manager Don Mattingly announced that Puig may need an MRI and a bone scan after an awkward swing in the ninth inning that kept him off the field for the final frame. The Dodgers’ manager said that the outfielder’s back was bothering him, unrelated to the shoulder inflammation he had to deal with over spring.
However, Mattingly acknowledged that Puig may not actually need the MRI after all. He also said that last year’s rookie phenom plays hard and gets hurt but always manages to bounce back. Mattingly also said it’s tough for him to diagnose when Puig is actually injured and even went so far as to call him sarcastically, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”
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