On Thursday night, Yasiel Puig left the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning. It will be a quick turnaround for the sudden superstar.
Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers beat writer for the LA Times, confirms that Puig will be in the lineup on Twitter.
Puig in #Dodgers lineup.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 12, 2013
The Dodgers are streaking now after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks and taking the first game against the Rockies 6-1. Puig had a 2-4 night at the plate with one strikeout before his early exit. The Dodgers now sit above .500 at 46-45, 1.5 games back of the Diamondbacks for first place in the National League West.
Puig has been day-to-day with his hip injury since the Dodgers last faced the Rockies back on July 4th.
With the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Rockies all trending the other way, combining for a pitiful 6-24 in their last 10 games and a -104 combined run differential, the Dodgers are in position to steal the division lead even before the All-Star break hits. The Dodgers join the Washington Nationals as the only teams above .500 with a negative run differential, which currently sits at -14, 11 more worse than the Rockies.