Yasiel Puig hurts thumb diving head first into first base (Video)
Yasiel Puig’s shaky season took another bad turn this weekend.
A day after being benched for showing up late to the stadium for the team’s home opener, Puig pulled off another boneheaded move.
Puig made a head-first dive into first base while trying to beat out an infield single in the third inning of Saturday’s Dodgers-Giants game. Though Puig was just trying to put in a maximum effort on the play, he and anyone else who dives into first doesn’t realize that they’re actually slowing themselves down … not to mention increasing their chances of getting hurt.
Puig showed his left thumb to Dodgers reporter Ramona Shelburne Sunday, and she said that it was swollen. So did manager Don Mattingly.
Puig is going for an MRI on his thumb, but Mattingly did say he might be good enough to pinch hit in Sunday’s game, so maybe it’s not too bad.
Bottom line: though we appreciate Puig’s effort and desire on the play, you have to be smarter than that and realize diving into first is a bad idea. You can see in the shot below how his left thumb got caught on the bag: