Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was held out of Sunday night’s game against San Francisco and is expected to receive an MRI on his injured left thumb.
Puig injured his thumb during Saturday’s game against the Giants when he slid headfirst into first base on an infield single. He was able to stay in for the rest of the game and received an X-ray after, which came back as negative. The Dodgers are not taking any chances and Puig is expected to be examined further, as well as receive an MRI Monday, after his thumb swelled up considerably overnight.
“I don’t know if it’s going to end up being something bigger than what we think, but it’s definitely sore,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “Probably if it was a different time of year he’d say, ‘I can play.’
“So I’m hoping for the best, that he would maybe be able to pinch hit tonight. I’m not sure if that’s going to happen. The second scenario is that he gets today off, tomorrow off and then almost the next full day. … So hopefully he’ll be ready for that one [Tuesday against Detroit].”
The 23-year old was held out of Friday’s home opener after he showed up to batting practice late. He is a hard-nosed player, who is known for playing through bumps and bruises, so this injury should not sideline him for more than a couple games.
In six games this season, Puig has gone 6-for-24 with a home run and a double.