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Yasiel Puig exits early again with hip injury

The outfielder left after just four innings Friday night, his second game in a row leaving early. Puig has played in all 37 games since his major league debut on June 3.


Maybe the remainder of the weekend and the All-Star break would be best served if Yasiel Puig was kept in bubble wrap. The Dodgers' 22-year-old outfielder left his second straight game early on Friday night, apparently with the same hip injury that has dogged him for more than a week.

Puig left Friday's game against the Rockies after just four innings. He was 0-for-2 on the night with two ground outs, and on both balls hit Puig ran gingerly to first base. The Dodgers announced Puig left the game for precautionary reasons.

Scott Van Slyke replaced Puig in right field in the top of the fifth inning.

Puig ran into the right field wall at Coors Field on July 3 and left that game early too with left thigh tightness and a bruised left hip. He mentioned after Thursday's game that the hip has been bothering him since Denver, and it has showed at the plate.

Since running into the wall on July 3, Puig is 10-for-39 with 13 strikeouts, three walks and just one extra-base hit, a double, hitting just .256/.302/.282.