Yasiel Puig fouls balls off left shin, X-rays negative

Harry How

Puig left the game Friday night after five innings, but is expected to play over the weekend, perhaps as soon as Saturday.

LOS ANGELES -- Just about everything was going right for the Dodgers on Friday night, but the crowd held its collective breath in the fifth inning when outfielder Yasiel Puig fouled a ball off his left shin. Puig left the game after his at-bat but postgame X-rays on his left shin were negative.

Manager Don Mattingly said after the game that Puig, who was back on the field for postgame handshakes after the Dodgers' 11-0 win over the Rockies, was fine. Puig could play during the weekend but with the Dodgers locked into the No. 3 seed they literally have nothing to play for the next two days. They could play it cautiously.

"I talked to Yasiel about what he wanted to do. We were just going to see how the body felt [Saturday]," Mattingly said. "He wanted to play the last day [Sunday]."

Puig also fouled a ball off his left shin in the first inning. The score was 10-0 at the time Puig left, so his removal was mostly precautionary. He was iced up for the remainder of the game.

He was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on the night, and is hitting .322/.393/.538 with 19 home runs in 102 games in his rookie campaign.

Up next

The Rockies get to face another ace on Saturday as Zack Greinke makes his final regular season start of the season for the Dodgers. Juan Nicasio starts for the Rockies.

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