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Yasiel Puig injured his thumb diving head-first into first base

Apr 5, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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In the third inning, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig led off with a ground ball up the middle. Shortstop Brandon Crawford snagged the ball and fired to first but couldn’t beat Puig, who dove head-first in an attempt to beat the play. Puig reached successfully but was ultimately picked off.

After the dive, Puig consulted with trainer Stan Conte but remained in the game until its completion. After the game, however, Puig had an X-ray on his thumb and manager Don Mattingly said his star player was “a little sore”, according to Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue L.A. However, results haven’t been released yet, which will determine the extent of the injury. In Stephen’s account, Puig’s thumb wasn’t taped, nor was it in a splint, suggesting the injury could be minor, but the team should release more details later on Saturday night or early on Sunday.

  1. alexo0 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Nick Punto applauds.

  2. drsodrel - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM


  3. renaado - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    (………………..-.-) I still wish him well……

  4. slaugin - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    And the media is pissed

    • renaado - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      I’m pretty sure the media aren’t the only one though…

    • infieldhit - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Why would the media be pissed? Seems like a “told ya so” moment for them.

  5. senioreditor2 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    7 games, the hitting is crap again and Kershaw, Wilson, Beckett and Puig are injured. Same crap as last year but I doubt they have a 42-8 run in them this time. I’d trade Hanley and and outfielder before they get injured and get some young guys who are not paper lions.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      Paper Lions himself says “keep the faith”.

      • paperlions - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Nah, I wouldn’t say that. I would say, “eh, it’s 7 games, the team has a lot of talent, a lot of money, and plays in a pretty crappy division”.

  6. andreweac - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    If he hadn’t shown up late yesterday and been a better clubhouse influence this never would have happened.

  7. apkyletexas - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Pittsburgh is apparently making Starling Marte wear what they are calling an “oven mitt” when he gets on base now because he broke his thumb last season with a similar slide while base stealing.

    Can’t really make a guy wear a mitt on his way to first base, but a broken thumb can easily put you out of commission for six to eight weeks like it did Marte last year. Got to protect the digits.

    • nbjays - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      Rajai Davis wears the “oven mitt” as well.

      • rbj1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        As does Brett Gardner.

        Time to invest in the company that makes them.

  8. savilo831 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Can the friggin GIANTS get some love?!?!??!?

    • renaado - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      NO !! I still remember on what they’ve done to the Braves last 2010.

      • mytopsecretid - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:37 AM

        The Braves didn’t deserve to win that series. Deal with it.

    • mytopsecretid - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:42 AM

      No kidding! The Giants beat the overrated codgers twice in convincing fashion, the run of the offense right now is a story all in itself, Bumgarner is a beast on the mound, but what do the dolts at this site write about, TWICE in one day? Overrated trash like Puig.

      That idiot wasn’t the only player on the field, and he’s not even playing as well as at least 14 of them.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

        Sure you’re not from L.A.?

  9. stoutfiles - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Diving in to first makes you slower! Run through the bag!

    • infieldhit - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Surely the grit ‘n hustle bonus points provide an offset?

    • southernballhawk1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      it was a pick off after he reached first.

      • mytopsecretid - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:50 AM

        It wasn’t a pick off. He hit the ball in Crawford’s vicinity in the third inning and thought a dive to first was the only way to beat out the throw. Even a lunkhead like Puig (he is NOT the smartest guy out there) knew that it wouldn’t be easy to run out that cannon Crawford has for an arm.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        I’m reading a whole message board of people who are not the smartest people out there.

    • jrob23 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      you are correct. But sometimes an errant high throw that pulls a 1b off the bag results in 1b applying a swipe tag and the slide will get you under that. I imagine that is why the runner will slide sometimes.

  10. Earnest Christian - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Reblogged this on Earnest Christian presents The OpinioNation | Sports and Pop Culture.

  11. brucewayne3561 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    So much for the Dodgers being the WS favorites! Most OVERATED pitching staff & team in MLB ! Hope the Giants or DBacks knock them back down to Earth where they belong ! Now what excuse will they use when the Cards run over them again this year too???

  12. ch0psuey - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Sucks for him. still think he is a douchebag just the way he catches flyballs. could just be me…

    • senioreditor2 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      I’m a longtime Dodger fan and I’d move him and a prospect for a high level pitcher like Price or Scherzer.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      He actually caught a ball two-handed yesterday. Had to rewind it to watch the replay.

      If it matters, and I know it doesn’t because Dodger haters insist on maintaining their need to hate no matter what, the way he catches is the way he catches. Kind of a Zen answer for the most troubling of your issues, but it’s okay. You’ll be fine.

  13. thetoolsofignorance - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    What is going on, Dodgers? Is breaking my heart the new norm? Seriously, win one, ok?

  14. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Puig is an idiot. Besides Mattingly I’m sure most of his teammates are tired of his antics. He didn’t even need to slide. Not a smart player at all. Not a team player either. A lot of talent with no brain.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      I needed more inane ramblings from folks who insist they really have the goods on reality. Thanks for providing it.

  15. djandujar - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    He stays in the game and people hate him. If he came out of the game people would hate him then too.
    I can’t stand all this hate. It’s just a game and the media is racist. You all should be thankful that a player brings this much personality and style to the game.

    • sabatimus - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      I should be thankful for a player who can’t show up on time and makes dumb baseball decisions?

    • blabidibla - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Sliding head first into first is not style. It’s just bad baseball.

    • sabatimus - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      And who’s making this about race besides you?

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Give Andujar a break. He accuses people of racism in about 85% of his posts.
        Or at least 85% of the last 10 posts I have read.

  16. blabidibla - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I don’t hate Puig, but you have to admit a head first slide into first is pretty dumb way to get injured.

  17. sabatimus - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    I always thought diving into first base was dumb for exactly this reason.

  18. stlouis1baseball - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    “Shortstop Brandon Crawford snagged the ball and fired to first but couldn’t beat Puig, who dove head-first in an attempt to beat the play. Puig reached successfully but was ultimately picked off.”

    This kid is something else. Every day truly is an adventure.

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