Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Puig Smiling Through The Pain

Is it easier to recuperate when you're wearing a shirt with your own name logo on it?

Yasiel Puig is still feeling the after-effects of his Bryce-Harper-like impact with the outfield wall in Florida. He was out of the lineup for his second straight game yesterday, but as the LAT's Kevin Baxter reported, Puig is smiling through the pain...and possibly through the fog:

Yasiel Puig is still feeling the lingering effects of Sunday's violent collision with the right-field fence in Miami. But apparently it hasn't affected his sense of humor.

A relaxed Puig smiled and joked his way through a session with the media in the Dodgers clubhouse Tuesday, and though he was held out of the lineup for a second straight day he said he was ready to play.

"They could use me to pitch," he said. "I'd probably hit everybody in the head."

Speaking of heads, Puig was asked if his was clear a day after he complained of headaches.

"I'm fine," he said. "I recognize everybody here."

But when asked if he was 100%, Puig sidestepped the question -- and the Dodgers appeared unsure too. The team's medical staff continued to monitor Puig for signs he may have sustained a concussion, running him through a battery of tests on the field Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm sure he’s sore. But that’s not what I think we’re worried about," Manager Don Mattingly said.

With Hyun-Jin Ryu looking like his shoulder might be on the mend, and Clayton Kershaw back in the lineup and dealing, might the Dodgers almost be at full strength, finally? Just about time for a 42-8 run, no?

Puig photo: Alex Brandon / Associated Press