This series at AT&T Park has proven costly so far for the Dodgers. The latest victim is Yasiel Puig, who left the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader in the middle of the second inning with left hip soreness, per the various reporters on site in San Francisco.
First Puig crashed into the wall in foul territory down the right field line while making a fantastic catch to end the first inning.
He immediately went to the clubhouse to get checked by team trainers but remained in the game to bat in the top of the second. Puig then fouled a ball off his left foot, exacerbating things. He flew out to end the inning, and limped down the line while running.
The ankle was problematic as well, as Dave Roberts said after the game.
#Dodgers Yasiel Puig fouled ball off his foot. Is going to get X-rays. That’s more of an issue than hip.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 29, 2018
X-Rays were negative on Yasiel Puig's lower left ankle. #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) April 29, 2018
In between the top and bottom of the second, Puig was removed from the game which was the start of a series of moves. Cody Bellinger moved from first base to right field, Max Muncy moved from third base to first base, and Kyle Farmer entered the game at the hot corner.
Matt Kemp left Friday night’s game in the fourth inning with left quad tightness, and did not start the opener on Saturday. Relief pitcher Tony Cingrani experienced what Dave Roberts called “dead arm” on Friday and was unavailable for Game 1.
It is unknown whether the Dodgers will need to make a roster move in between games, either for Kemp or Puig or even Cingrani, but outfielder Alex Verdugo put out an Instagram story at about 10 a.m. PT on Saturday from inside a window seat on an airplane. The Dodgers planned ahead just in case after Friday night, and Verdugo was activated before Game 2.