LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig pinch hit in the ninth inning after being left out of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup against San Francisco because of left hip soreness.
The rookie grounded out with the bases loaded, ending a 4-3 loss on Sunday.
Manager Don Mattingly had joked before the game that Puig could miss anywhere from “a day or two weeks” before saying that the outfielder didn’t need an MRI.
“It doesn’t seem that serious,” Mattingly said. “Just trying to give myself a big window.”
Afterward, Mattingly was sticking to the same timetable, although Puig didn’t rule out playing at Arizona. He had told the team that he could pinch hit but not play the outfield.
Puig is hitting .338 with 16 homers and 37 RBIs in 91 games.
The NL West leaders open a 10-day trip to Arizona, San Diego and San Francisco on Monday before concluding the regular season with three games at home against Colorado.
Other players are nursing aches and pains. Outfielder Carl Crawford got Sunday off because of back tightness, while Andre Ethier also was off with a sore ankle. Infielder Hanley Ramirez had two cortisone injections in his lower back Friday as a result of discomfort in his left hamstring.
Matt Kemp will join the Dodgers in Arizona on Monday, when he could be activated. He has been in Glendale, Ariz., rehabbing a sprained ankle, and hasn’t played since July 21.
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