puig-points_2014-04-01

Reminder: Sliding Head First Is Still The Worst

puig-points_2014-04-01

Somewhat lost in the midst of A.J. Ellisknee surgery, Matt Kemp‘s two homers, Tuesday night’s exciting extra innings victory over Detroit, minor trades for minor leaguers, and the recent uncertainty over whether Josh Beckett would be able to make tonight’s start is the fact that Yasiel Puig has played exactly once since last Wednesday. That’s partially his own doing (his deserved benching for being late), partially due to the schedule (something like 78 days off this month), but mostly because he did this on Saturday:

It’s the Nick Punto special: sliding into head first for any other reason than to avoid the tag. It lessens your chances of being safe, and it increases your chances of being injured. It didn’t look quite as bad as this train wreck from Puig’s first week in the bigs last year…

…but it appears to have had more of an effect, because Puig didn’t appear on Sunday or Tuesday — even as a replacement — and, I would imagine, probably isn’t starting tonight, either. (Detroit has Anibal Sanchez on the mound, a righty, so having lefties Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier around Matt Kemp makes sense.)

We know that he’s wearing a splint, similar to what Hanley Ramirez had last year. But we also know that when Ramirez hurt his thumb last year, he was out for over a month. When Dee Gordon hurt his thumb, also on a head first slide, back in 2012, he was out for over two months. Obviously, every injury is unique — Gordon’s included a dislocation, and I think we’d have heard about anything that serious with Puig by now if it were the case — and so just because his teammates had bad thumb injuries doesn’t mean that he does as well.

Still, after a day off tomorrow (ugh), the team heads off on a six-game road trip to Arizona and San Francisco (with yet another day off, double ugh). If Puig doesn’t show some improvement soon, at least proving he can take batting practice tonight, you wonder how long this can linger before it turns into a disabled list stint. And if it does, you hope that it’s just rest that’s required, nothing more serious. Speculation, of course. For now, that’s all we have.

In the meantime, there’s still no such thing as “too many outfielders” until there are. And remember, kids: never, ever slide head first.


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Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


644 comments
Lobo
Lobo

Hey Kyle

Uncultured Bastard
Uncultured Bastard

Isotopes visiting here [Reno] this week.  I'll have to go to a game

P_F_P
P_F_P

TEN MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

TheConman
TheConman

Does anybody that actually gets SNLA have issues with no audio?

Dang88
Dang88

I wonder if Pablo Sandoval stays with the gnats

Lobo
Lobo

I just filed my taxes for the first time.  That's not fun

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

They talk about it so much on KNBR. Unless he gets a 9-figure deal, I bet he tests the market.

KMT59
KMT59

@Lobo  I played with the numbers until I got my highest refund....I ended up not claiming a lot of different items I could have for my wife's work....instead of a couple of hundred back (claiming everything...got several thousand...all legit

KMT59
KMT59

@Lobo  how did you do with and on-line program?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Lobo  I still need to do that.

Lobo
Lobo

@KMT59 @Lobo I don't really have much to claim.  So I didn't really have much choice

Lobo
Lobo

@KMT59 @Lobo It was relatively easy but there were random things that I just didn't know.

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Also, to answer your question from earlier, Wilson isn't expected to travel with Rancho. Don't know what the plan is for him.

KMT59
KMT59

@Lobo @KMT59  yea...you will learn...in the beginning check every box and then when you get to that area and it doesn't apply to you don't put anything in the area...never cheat

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@Lobo @KMT59  you really should know if you are married or not without having to look it up on the internet