Dodgers players and coaches wear their number 42 jerseys during pregame ceremonies on Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
There was enough pomp and circumstance Wednesday at Dodger Stadium to fill — well, Dodger Stadium. It was the Civil Rights Game, on Jackie Robinson Day, with every player wearing number 42. The Dodgers honored Robinson with their play as much as their words.
Robinson Cano — who, ironically, is named for number 42 — could not say the same thing.
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The biggest news might have come before the game, when president Stan Kasten (sitting with commissioner Rob Manfred, Rachel Robinson and Magic Johnson) announced that a Robinson statue would be the first in a series at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners for the second straight day because of a strained left hamstring. He is not taking part in the usual pregame routine for position players and seems likely to miss a second consecutive game.
Yasiel Puig’s hamstring held up well enough for him to run out of the dugout with a bucket full of ice and juice Monday night. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Yasiel Puig is being held out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup tonight because of a strained left hamstring, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. The injury is not considered serious and Mattingly left open the possibility that Puig could appear in the game as a pinch hitter.
“He’d be the one (position player in this game) for sure that I’d try to stay away from, be a little more cautious with,” Mattingly said. “That being said, being able to swing the bat may be something we’re going to be able to do.”