To say that Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig burst onto the MLB scene in June would be vastly understating all of the things that he’s done. With every game and every hit, the 22-year-old Cuban seems to be winning over new fans and making some kind of history.
However, Puig may have to wait before he makes anymore history. On Wednesday night in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies, Puig was chasing down a ball in right field when he collided with the wall. He was noticeably shaken up after the play, but stayed in the game. After hitting a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, though, the Dodgers elected not to take any chances and removed Puig from the game.
There are obviously no immediate reports as to if Puig could miss any significant time or if taking him out was a precautionary measure, but it is a bit surprising to see a player, who many people have held up to be a superhero over these past few week, look like a mere mortal who gets hurt just like the rest of us.
It’s not hard to understand why people are constantly singing the praises of Puig. The rookie won the National League Player of the Month for June on Wednesday, which is remarkable considering that it was his first month of playing in the big leagues. When he’s hitting .440 with eight home runs, seven doubles, a triple and 18 RBIs since his MLB debut on June 3, it’s hard to argue with giving him that honor.
The likely scenario with Puig and his injury is that the Dodgers are hot right now and in the hunt in their division and don’t want Puig to do anything to severely hurt himself, especially considering he took an at-bat after colliding with the wall. However, it seems that Puig is indeed human, just maybe a little less than the rest of us.