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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig leaves game with strained muscle

The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting yet another unwelcome visit from the injury fairy.

During Sunday’s series finale against the crosstown rival Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig left the game early with an injury. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported that he suffered a right intercostal oblique strain.

Alden Gonzalez of ESPN relayed that Puig appeared to injure himself with a violent swing on a foul ball.

Puig, who is hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs this season, already had a stint on the disabled list in May with hip and foot injuries.

Oblique strains are typically worrisome for hitters, so the Dodgers will be keeping their fingers crossed that Puig can avoid another DL trip, especially with another one of their sluggers also suffering an injury scare recently.

Yasiel Puig has funny explanation for why he licks his bat

Yasiel Puig tongue

Yasiel Puig is finally answering one of life’s most spectacular mysteries.

The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder appeared on a panel during Thursday’s annual “Dodgers All-Access” event and gave a hilarious explanation for why he licks his bat. After comparing it to a kid with ice cream, Puig said that sometimes his bat has a tired face and needs some love, so he gives it.

Granted, Puig is batting a career-low .224 so far this season, so he may need to show his bat a little bit more of that love. But it seems that the former All-Star saves his tongue for the playoffs, as he did last year to the Internet’s delight.

Yasiel Puig day-to-day after X-rays on foot come back negative

Yasiel Puig tongue

Yasiel Puig appears to have avoided serious injury while making a great catch in right field on Saturday.

Puig injured his foot as he ran into the corner in San Francisco to rob Nick Hundley of a hit in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 15-6 win over the Giants.

The Dodgers said on Saturday night that X-rays on Puig’s foot were negative and that the outfielder was day-to-day.

Puig remained in the game to bat in the second and was 0-for-2 before being replaced in the outfield. Top prospect Alex Verdugo got the start in right field in the nightcap of the double-header. Puig is batting just .193 and has yet to homer this season.

Yasiel Puig finds new agents after being dropped

Yasiel Puig

After being abruptly dropped by his representatives, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has new agents.

As first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Puig will be represented by Beverly Hills Sports Council going forward.

BHSC also claims San Francisco’s Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval, Kansas City’s Salvador Perez, and Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis, among others.

Puig became the rare athlete who was dropped by his own agents in February after unspecified unacceptable behavior. As it stands, he will be a Dodger through 2019, at which point he’ll be able to test free agency for the first time if he chooses to do so.

Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson came close to pitching during 15-inning affair

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By walking off in the 15th inning on Monday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks robbed us of what could have been a couple of all-time great sights.

Pedro Moura of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson would have been the first position player to pitch for the team had the game remained tied. He then would have been followed by Yasiel Puig.

The Dodgers fell by the final of 8-7 in the extra-inning affair, one that spanned nearly six hours. The reigning National League champions used nine pitchers on the evening, including Wilmer Font, who gave up the walk-off single to Diamondbacks pinch hitter Jeff Mathis after a whopping 4.1 innings in relief. Thus, it stands to reason that the Dodgers outfielders may have soon gotten the call to pitch had the game lasted into the 16th inning and beyond.

In any case, we can all probably agree that seeing Pederson and/or Puig on the hill would have been an even bigger whirl than seeing them on the basepaths.

Cody Bellinger thanks Yasiel Puig for ‘idiot’ move that scored run

Cody Bellinger

Cody Bellinger had a funny comment about a baserunning gaffe by Yasiel Puig that played out in the Dodgers’ favor on Sunday night.

The Dodgers and Giants were scoreless in their game in the bottom of the fourth in Los Angeles. Corey Seager was on second and Puig on first when Bellinger flied out to left for the second out of the inning. Seager tagged up and advanced to third, but Puig got caught trying to tag up to second and ended up in a rundown. Things worked out as Seager scored from third while Puig was in a pickle.

That made the score 1-0 and the Dodgers went on to win 9-0.

So what did Bellinger say about the play after the game? He joked about thanking Puig for being an idiot.

Puig said after the game that the play wasn’t planned — obviously — but he seemed to dismiss just how lucky he got. Puig has been known for his odd behavior in games, so this is nothing new.

Yasiel Puig scratched from spring training game with injury caused by new shoes

Yasiel Puig

It’s understandable if MLB players aren’t quite in the best shape yet in the month of February, but Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig brought that to a whole new level this week.

Puig was scratched from the team’s spring opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts revealed that it was because of a hip injury caused by Puig’s new shoes, per Andy McCullough of the LA Times.

The 27-year-old Puig is coming off a resurgent 2017 campaign where he hit .263 with 28 home runs, 74 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases, all three of which were career-highs. It sounds like he may have some work to do over the next several weeks to get back into that form physically though. But hey, those shoes can be dangerous — just ask this fellow National Leaguer.

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