A few minutes after he entered the game as a defensive replacement, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was removed from Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals with an apparent lower body injury.
Update (12:17 p.m.): The Dodgers announced that Puig left the game with tightness in his right hamstring.
In his only plate appearance against the Nationals, Puig hit a sharp ground ball to third baseman Anthony Rendon. Puig was thrown out, briefly hopped on his left leg after running through first base, then immediately exited down the tunnel leading to the visitors’ clubhouse.
Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir nearly left Tuesday’s game with cramping in one his legs, but was able to stay in. Puig has already missed time this season with a left hamstring injury. The nature of this injury is unknown.
The Dodgers have lost more man-games due to injury than any MLB team and have 11 players on the disabled list at the moment.
On the same day the Dodgers learned Clayton Kershaw might need back surgery, his replacement (Bud Norris) was roughed up by the Washington Nationals in an 8-1 loss to the Nationals. The box score is here.
Pitcher Alex Wood is expected to miss another eight weeks too following an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow.
Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will be featured in an episode of “E:60” this Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
From the network:
Vin Scully is an American treasure. His voice, one of the most iconic in sports history. From the NFL, to The Masters, to Major League Baseball, Scully has left an indelible mark on some of sports’ greatest moments. Over the span of an incomparable 67-year broadcasting career, he has been the voice of the Dodgers, both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Now 88, Scully has decided to call it a career at the conclusion of this baseball season, and granted E:60’s Jeremy Schaap a rare sit-down interview to discuss why it is time, and what it all meant.
Check out the trailer (also here):
The Dodgers’ disabled list grew by one Wednesday, when Chris Hatcher was placed on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain. Infielder/outfielder Charlie Culberson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
There are currently 11 players on the Dodgers’ disabled list, matching their high-water mark for the season (first accomplished in April). The 11 players have 2016 major league salaries in excess of $82 million, with a big boost from staff ace Clayton Kershaw.
Culberson is in the Dodgers’ starting lineup today against the Washington Nationals, batting eighth and playing shortstop.
The veteran appeared in 15 games with the Dodgers earlier this season, batting .259 (7-for-27) with two doubles and four RBI, before being optioned on May 18. In 46 games with Oklahoma City this season, he’s hitting .289 with 13 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 19 RBI.
Alex Wood hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 30. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers announced today that pitcher Alex Wood will undergo “an arthroscopic debridement of his left elbow” this afternoon in New York. The estimated recovery time is eight weeks.
Wood, 25, hasn’t pitched since May 30. He might not pitch again this season. Eight weeks from now is the middle of September — too late a juncture for the Dodgers to bank on Wood rejoining their rotation for the stretch run. Wood pitched out of the bullpen in his rookie season of 2013, and that might be the most realistic role if he is to rejoin the Dodgers this season.
Initially placed on the 15-day disabled list due to posterior elbow soreness, Wood was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 29.
Wood and Clayton Kershaw — who’s now out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his lower back — threw simulated games over the weekend at Dodger Stadium.