Coming into spring training this year, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had to focus on fine-tuning his skills. Whether it’s continuing to learn how to properly throw to the cut off man or working on running the bases, the 23-year-old is firmly entrenched as the primary right fielder.
However, Puig is already dealing with right shoulder inflammation and is on a throwing program in hopes of taming the inflammation. After fouling off a ball yesterday, manager Don Mattingly excused him from workouts today according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Puig batted a ball off his leg the previous day, according to Manager Don Mattingly.
I don’t think we need to see him out there limping around, Mattingly said.
Puig is expected to resume working out Friday.
Spring training games don’t get underway for another six days so there’s no reason to push Puig in workouts. Along with Puig missing time, Mattingly acknowledged that pitcher Paul Maholm is dealing with some elbow tenderness according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
With the Australia trip, it’s precautionary. We think he’ll throw a bullpen [session] today and soon will face hitters. We’re just being careful with guys.
Maholm is fighting with starter Josh Beckett for the fifth spot in the rotation and looks to be behind in the race for the final spot.
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