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Yasiel Puig diagnosed with strained ligament in left thumb

Apr 6, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

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On Saturday against the Giants, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig injured his thumb diving head-first into first base. Puig underwent X-rays but the team did not announce results until Sunday night. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Puig has been diagnosed with a strained ligament in his left thumb and is day-to-day.

In the third inning against Madison Bumgarner on Saturday, Puig hit a ground ball up the middle, forcing shortstop Brandon Crawford to range far to his left. Crawford wheeled and fired but pulled Brandon Belt off of the first base bag. Puig, though, sensed it would be a close play and dove head-first in attempt to give himself an advantage (though such dive attempts typically hinder, not help, in that regard). After the umpire ruled him safe, Puig remained on the ground in pain. After getting up, Puig was standing on first base, doubled over in pain. However, he stayed in the game and finished 1-for-4.

Fortunately for Puig, the Dodgers have an off-day on Monday, so he could return to game action on Tuesday against the Tigers.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    So it’s just a ligament in his thumb.Who cares. Send him in for Tommy John surgery anyway. The way things are going, the Bums might qualify for a bulk discount.

  2. savilo831 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    And in other news: Brandon belt hits his 4th HR and is poised for a breakout season.

  3. andreweac - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Puig clearly lacks #grit and #want.

  4. moogro - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Only Nick Punto can get away with a ton of unnecessary dives into first without too many injuries.

  5. Barry's Triceps - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Favorite player?

    Thumbs up for Puig thumbs down Kemp.

  6. ggallin4evr - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:37 AM

    He’s no Alex Cole.

    • anxovies - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      But maybe a Suarez?

  7. nymets4ever - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Diving into 1st base is the most idiotic, counterproductive play in baseball. Puig is such a moron, he really just doesn’t get it

    • nbjays - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      It takes one to know one…

    • genericcommenter - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Maybe he was driven to do it by the idiots who expect players to show some kind of false grit/hustle, even when it’s counterproductive.

  8. blabidibla - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    And thus Puig misses the game on Puig Fathead give-a-way day.

  9. jimeejohnson - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    He’s Mr. News nationally. Every sports section follows him as if he were some kind of superstar. Can’t wait to see if he meets expectations and if Donnie Baseball can smooth the rough edges on this incredibly raw talent.

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