The Dodgers thin depth is starting to get even thinner as Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig had to leave Friday’s Spring Training game. Puig left the game after he dove after a fly ball and remained on the ground for several minutes before finally walking off on his own power.
Dodgers’ beat writer Ken Gurnick did have some good news about the situation.
Puig was shaken up but is walking off under his own power. He was holding his lower left side under the rib cage and left the game.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 22, 2013
Puig has put up massive numbers for the Dodgers this Spring and has everyone around baseball wondering if he will in fact start the season in Los Angeles. With Carl Crawford on his way back from Tommy John surgery it appeared that Puig could crack the Dodger lineup on Opening Day.
However, manager Don Mattingly and General Manager Ned Colleti have tried to temper expectations for Puig.
In addition to SS, #Dodgers lost No. 5 hitter. But Mattingly didn’t sound any more open to including Puig on opening-day roster.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) March 21, 2013
Puig is batting an eye popping .521 with two home runs and 11 RBI’s this spring. He signed a sever year $43 million dollar deal last season and wasn’t expected to make such a big leap so quickly. Hopefully for the Dodgers he just landed awkwardly and won’t have to miss much time.
Puig spent most of his time last season between Rookie ball and Single A, but should start the season at Double AA. Even though he is on the fast track to the big leagues, the Dodgers depth in the outfield has him playing in the minors for a couple of seasons.