Have you ever thought about how the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ 2013 season would’ve panned out if Yasiel Puig never made it to the big leagues? Well, you may finally have your answer. Puig was pulled out of Monday’s contest versus the Colorado Rockies in just the fifth inning with an injury the Dodgers are calling a strained right knee.
Puig’s injury didn’t look gruesome initially, but LA isn’t going to take any chances when it comes to No. 66’s health. As of now, the knee strain isn’t serious enough to keep Puig out of action for too long as the Dodgers have not placed him on the 15-day disabled list. With a commanding 12.5-game lead in the NL West, Los Angeles could easily sit its courageous outfielder just to be safe.
While he’s not exactly Bryce Harper, Puig plays with a reckless abandon that is sure to land him on the disabled list sooner rather than later. However, it’s the Dodgers’ job to curb his carelessness without yanking away his explosiveness — talk about a slippery slope.
If Puigmania is going to continue, then someone in the Dodgers’ organization needs to sit him down and make sure that this 22-year-old knows just how big of an impact he has on LA’s World Series hopes.