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Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers’ lineup for Friday night’s game

Apr 11, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

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After straining a thumb ligament diving head-first into first base last Saturday, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Diamondbacks. He’ll bat second and return to his home in right field. Puig pinch-hit on Wednesday, but otherwise hasn’t played since leaving Saturday’s game.

Through his first seven games spanning 29 plate appearances, Puig is slashing .240/.321/.400 with one home run. While he hasn’t been making headlines for his on-field performance — thumb injury aside — he has been a lightning rod for criticism regarding his behavior in the clubhouse. Teammate Chris Perez recently repudiated that criticism.

  1. jrbdmb - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Remind me of the lyrics to The Ballad of John and Yoko …

    The men from the press said, “We wish you success,
    It’s good to have the both of you back”.
    Christ you know it ain’t easy,
    You know how hard it can be.
    The way things are going
    They’re going to crucify me …

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