Here’s Yasiel Puig Trying to Run to First Base Last Night

You may have noticed Yasiel Puig putting just about zero effort into trying to beat out a weak grounder off Juan Nicasio last night, and I imagine at the time many fans were shocked at what appeared to be the utter indifference on his part. Obviously, this doesn’t look great:

But of course there’s more to it than that, and as Vin Scully was careful to point out, Puig is still suffering from a sore left hip that’s bothered him ever since he ran into the right field wall in Colorado on July 3. Puig left last night’s game after just two plate appearances, the second day in a row he couldn’t complete nine, and it’s difficult to look at the “before” and “after” stat line around that incident and not think there’s a connection.

June 3 – July 3: 116 PA, .440/.466/.743, 8 home runs
July 4 – July 12: 42 PA .256/.310/.282, 0 home runs

Obviously we can’t assume that’s 100% related to the hip — we know that he was never, ever going to hit .440 all season long, and it’s clear teams have figured out his propensity to swing at terrible outside breaking pitches, so some regression was inevitable here — but the before and after lines there really show a stark comparison.

Of course, with Matt Kemp sidelined, Carl Crawford aching, and the chance to pull closer to first place by the break so tempting, I can’t really blame Don Mattingly for not finding the idea of an outfield populated by two of Jerry Hairston, Skip Schumaker, & Scott Van Slyke around Andre Ethier very appealing. But I point this out mainly because it’s the approximately 623,917th example of a player trying to be a hero and playing through pain that probably isn’t going to end well. Even if Puig doesn’t further injure himself — and hip injuries are a tricky thing — he’s not really helping the team on the field all that much right now. He’ll never say he doesn’t want to play, and so it’s on management to protect him from himself.

We’re no doctors, of course, so it’s not on us to say what the condition of his hip truly is. But I know that if he were to get the weekend off ahead of a four-day break before the Dodgers pick up the second half on Friday in Washington, I wouldn’t be unhappy with that at all.

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KMT59
KMT59

Where are the dancing Grimaces?

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

where is the game threat level right meow?

Greycubed
Greycubed

"Oh look, free 2 weeks of MLB.tv for voting in the All Star Finals. This'll be nice!"

Blackout restriction - popup - popup - popup.

Who pays for this shit.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Lawrie looks more meth-y than Pence.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Oh dear, I has injury pessimism because of over 30 players and injures.

GET OUT OF MY HEAD VND

;)

Lobo
Lobo

All of you drop what you're doing right now and go see Pacific Rim.  Immediately.  Do not pass go, do not collect $200.  Just go.

JessePool
JessePool

PREDICTIONS: Will Matt Kemp, Hanley, Puig, Gonzalez and CC be on the same field together in 2013?

Noel D
Noel D

Anyone interested in Papelbon - if he becomes available?

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Got the moves like Jaeger

efb
efb

@Lobo is it really good or something? 

Noel D
Noel D

@Lobo Wait.  Are you the same one that recommended Sharknado? :)

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Nope. Unless you count the WORLD SERIES

I'm half joking. Who knows how bad Kemp.is hurt.

baeksu
baeksu

People like me who don't otherwise get Dodger games very often?

baeksu
baeksu

@IBBFTW  I choose the $200 instead.  Where can I get that?

Lobo
Lobo

@LA_Woman @Lobo False.  Work is not more entertaining than giant robots fighting giant monsters.

Lobo
Lobo

@efb @Lobo It is a definite contender for coolest movie I've ever seen.  It is absolutely incredible

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I got MLB tv so i could watch on my iPhone. Not l33t, just want to watch Dodger Baseball.

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

Saying it's the movie Transformers wanted to be is damning with faint praise for me. I wanted to yell "stop it!" at the screen when I saw the trailer before Man of Steel (which is a disaster on its own). The only way I'd see Pacific Rim is if they gave out shoeboxes of twenties with every ticket.

Lobo
Lobo

@John M @Lobo @efb Doesn't matter because this is literally a million times better.  The action is bigger and better, the characters are more complex and not extremely fucking annoying, and the plot actually makes sense

Lobo
Lobo

@efb @Lobo 20.  Trust me on this, I'm not exaggerating.  This movie is everything Transformers wanted to be and more.  As far as I'm concerned, Transfomers has been rendered completely obsolete because of this movie

Noel D
Noel D

@PuntoForPresident (PuigForPrimeMinister) For the kids out there... Ali once carried a guy (Patterson?) for an entire fight - just to beat him up more.  All because the gut refused to call him Muhammad Ali instead of Cassius Clay.  Through the fight, he just kept punching him ans repeating 'Say my name!'