Telling Lorenzo Bundy he was no longer the Dodgers’ third base coach wasn’t easy for Don Mattingly.
OAKLAND — Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Tuesday’s game against the Oakland A’s after pulling up lame at first base when he beat out an infield single in the eighth inning.
Update (10:23 p.m.): Puig left the game with right hamstring tightness.
Carl Crawford pinch-run for Puig and scored on a 3-run home run by A.J. Ellis.
Puig missed 38 games with a strained left hamstring earlier in the season.
All 15 home teams won Tuesday, so the ending to the Dodgers’ 4-game losing streak shouldn’t have been a surprise at all.
Prior to the game, the Dodgers placed Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list — a surprise considering Peralta’s optimism just four days ago.
Postscript: Bryce Harper (who did not play Tuesday) told reporters that he injured his left knee diving to catch a fly ball hit by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth inning of Monday’s game; Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams had said earlier in the day that the injury occurred in the third inning when Harper tried to catch (and missed) a line drive off Jose Peraza‘s bat.