Yasiel Puig out of Dodgers lineup with injured hip

Sep 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig (66) dives for a catch against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie sensation Yasiel Puig is out of the lineup today vs. the San Francisco Giants due to pain in his left hip.

Puig aggravated the hip in last night’s game after getting somewhat of a bad jump on a Buster Posey shallow popup.  Puig, playing center field, had to compensate with his speed and went all out on a dive to make the catch.

The outfielder came up wincing in pain, and was later removed from the game.

Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly addressed the situation with reporters, and ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Mark Saxon.

“I’m thinking somewhere between seven and 10 days for him, hopefully, maybe two or three weeks, I don’t know,” Mattingly said. “Or, it could be tomorrow. I’m not sure.”

There is no set timetable for Puig’s return according to team trainers, and no further tests have been ordered.

As has been widely reported, the Dodgers are dealing with quite a few injuries.  Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and now Puig have all been slowed by various ailments recently.

The Dodgers finish up their series this afternoon with arch rival San Francisco at Dodger Stadium – the scene of a 19-3 drubbing that saw an opposing team score the most runs in the history of Dodger Stadium — on Saturday night.  Los Angeles could clinch the NL West early next week.

Topics: Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco 49ers, Yasiel Puig

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