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Yasiel Puig out of Dodgers’ lineup Sunday after suffering thumb contusion on Saturday

Aug 4, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale at Wrigley Field because of a left thumb contusion.

Puig suffered the injury Saturday while making a leaping catch against the brick and padding along the right field line. It’s not a serious concern and he should be available off the bench Sunday if needed.

The 22-year-old Cuban phenom is hitting .376 with a 1.029 OPS, 23 extra-base hits, seven stolen bases, 25 RBI and 40 runs scored through his first 53 major league games. The Dodgers are 37-16 since his June 3 promotion.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Just out of curiosity, has anyone heard any more advance postmortems on Don Mattingly’s managerial career lately?

    • moogro - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      You raise a good point. The fire-the-manager thing has to have a significantly large local component. It just wasn’t there enough. The national media, including Calkie here, didn’t really note that, but kept gossiping anyway.

    • yahmule - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Improvement in one’s job security is not always connected to an improvement in their job performance. This is one of those times.

    • jayquintana - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      I gotta confess… I was one of those calling for Mattingly to be fired. In my defense, it was after League had 3 consecutive blown games.

  2. acdc84 - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Actually, he hurt it later in the game on a sliding catch in shallow left-center field.

    • yahmule - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Yep. He caught the ball and jammed his glove hand into the ground, catching most of the impact on his wrist.

      The play along the fence was kind of funny. Yasiel came a long way, the ball tipped off his glove as he crashed into the wall, then it bounced off the top of the padding, Yasiel maintined concentration all the way and snared the ball before it hit the ground. The umpires consulted and ruled it a foul ball.

      I saw him smash face first into the wall in right field making a catch when the Dodgers were up by nine runs in the seventh inning a few weeks ago. The young man’s hustle meter is stuck on balls out at all times.

  3. onbucky96 - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Can America play baseball since Puig isn’t playing? I know the West Coast media will be wearing black in mourning.

    • titan1971 - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      East Coast media hates anything that detracts from their reporting on A Rod and/or the Yankees. But not to worry, with MLB rulings coming down tomorrow, the East Coast media will once again be in the spot light.

  4. hoopmatch - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I wonder if Puig reminds Vin Scully of former Dodgers outfielder Pete Reiser. This on Reiser from Wikipedia:

    “Reiser gave great effort on every play in the field, and was therefore very injury-prone. He fractured his skull running into an outfield wall on one occasion (but still made the throw back to the infield), was temporarily paralyzed on another, and was taken off the field on a stretcher a record 11 times.[8] Pete was once given his last rites in the ballpark.”

    • yahmule - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Anybody Dodger who hits the fence more than twice will prompt Vin to bring up Reiser.

      The saddest thing about Reiser was that he would have been one of the best players in team history if he could have dialed it back a little bit.

  5. tampajoey2 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Wil Myers stats are better than Puig’s since he was called up on June 18th.

    In 15 fewer games Wil Myers has more RBI’s and has almost caught Puig in HRs. But the media is infatuated with Puig so that’s all we hear about on ESPN.

    • yahmule - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      So, stop watching ESPN already. If they’re going to make a big deal about a leadoff hitter who can’t collect more RBI than the middle of the order hitter you like, what the hell good are they?

    • erbaodai - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      So, RBIs and HRs, huh?

  6. acdc84 - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Awesome reporting Drew. I realize Puig’s catch while slamming into the bricks in the right corner was more news-worthy (even though the catch was correctly ruled a non-out cuz it hit the wall first), but why let the facts interfere with a fun story?? I totally understand that the diving catch in shallow left-center (when the injury actually occurred) isn’t worth a mention!!

    Well done author! No reason to let the facts interfere with ur story!!

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