Yasiel Puig’s hold-nothing-back style of play has given the Los Angeles Dodgers plenty to be excited over, frustrated with, and caused some concern. Puig’s aggressive style has made him no stranger to running into outfield walls in just over his one season of playing.
Such was the case when Puig crashed into the right field fence in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Marlins and as a result, was held out of Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Puig passed a concussion test following Sunday’s game and despite feeling lightheaded after spending time on a stationary bike, cleared another scan on Monday.
Puig was back on the field Tuesday, working out ahead of the Dodgers’ game and according to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo, the outfielder is fully recovered from his violent collision:
Puig spoke and said he feels fine. He said he's available whenever team needs him. Doesn't hurt to swing. No headache. Shoulder is fine.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 6, 2014
Though Puig is out of Tuesday’s lineup, this marks the second time this season he’s avoided a serious injury. Not only did Puig crash into the wall, the ball ricocheted off the fence and hit him on the side of the head, which led to concerns Puig may have suffered a concussion.
Puig previously avoided missing an extended period of time after a head-first slide into first base resulted in the 23-year-old essentially missing just three games — he didn’t appear in two immediately after and pinch-hit in the third game before returning to the lineup.
In similar plays, outfielders Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Josh Hamilton of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim haven’t been as fortunate, with each undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments.
After a slow start to the season, Puig has increased his batting average on the Dodgers’ road trip and is now hitting .309 on the season with 21 RBIs and a .397 OBP.
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