Puig exits with oblique strain, likely going on DL
12:53 AM ET
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig suffered an oblique strain during a violent swing in the fifth inning of Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels and could be out a while.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Puig is “almost certain” to land on the disabled list, but the team will know more when Puig undergoes an MRI in L.A. on Monday morning.
Puig, who hit a three-run homer in the second inning, appeared to tweak the area around his right rib cage in his first swing, on a 1-0 changeup. He then swung hard again, fouling off a sinker before doubling over in pain. After getting checked on by Roberts and Dodgers assistant athletic trainer Nathan Lucero, Puig begrudgingly gave way to Joc Pederson, who swung through an Andrew Heaney curveball and struck out.
“It’s a violent swing,” Roberts said, “and sometimes that oblique gives way.”
Hitters typically need about a month to recover from oblique strains.
“I feel bad because I can’t help my team win right now,” said Puig, adding that he has had no prior history with injuries to his side. “I played a little bit better