Update: As expected, Puig has landed on the DL with a right oblique strain. He is currently looking at an Optimal Recovery Time anywhere from 2-5 weeks depending on the severity of the strain. His Injury Risk is now very High.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig suffered a right oblique strain in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Puig exited during the fifth inning after hurting himself during a swing. Puig looked to be in an excruciating amount of pain as he doubled over in pain. Puig said that he had felt something on his first swing of the at-bat and then left the game after his second at-bat. Joc Pederson replaced Puig, who went 1-1 with a three-run homer in the second inning prior to the injury.
Puig will undergo an MRI on Monday, but he is expected to land on the disabled list even if it shows a mild strain. The Dodgers shouldn’t have a problem replacing Puig as they have plenty of outfield depth, which includes All-Star Matt Kemp, Cody Bellinger, and Joc Pederson.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Kemp is likely to take Puig’s spot in right field while Bellinger, Pederson, and Enrique Hernandez can rotate between left and center fields.
There will be more information as to how long Puig will be out for following the scan, but our analytics show that he should miss around 4 weeks if the MRI shows a strain as these types of injuries usually take much longer than expected to heal.
Puig is no stranger to injuries as he has had quite a few in the past, including a number of hamstring strains to both his right and left leg and a hip strain that landed him on the DL earlier this season. According to Puig he has never had a core injury until now.
Inside Injuries is already showing the Puig is a High Injury Risk, and that won’t change even if the MRI shows just minor damage. Core injuries are incredibly tricky to recover from. His fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place at least through the All Star break, but it should be even longer.