puig_coors_2014-06-07

Dee Gordon & Yasiel Puig Both Swallowed By Coors Field

puig_coors_2014-06-07

(“Hey Mike, the game is still on! Tied in the tenth!” I know. The recap was already about a billion words long and the game isn’t even over. This news is going to need its own post.)

Just hours ago, I pointed out how much I hated seeing the Dodgers in Coors Field. I don’t believe in curses, but something always happens there. Always. As I said, “I still can’t shake the feeling of dread that occurs every time the Dodgers venture into this place.”

I was joking, mostly. There’s not really anything associated with a single ballpark that causes injury. But then… in the bottom of the fourth, Dee Gordon didn’t run out to second. Chone Figgins did, thanks to what was termed “discomfort” in Gordon’s right hip. The Dodgers didn’t score in the top of the fifth, and then Yasiel Puig didn’t run out to right field in the bottom of the inning; Scott Van Slyke did, with Puig being removed with a “right hip flexor strain,” presumably suffered on this slide in the top of the fourth:


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Unbelievable. (And, in the eighth, Hanley Ramirez made a similar-looking slide while stealing a base. Why does no one know how to slide?) The good news, if there is any, I suppose, is that both Gordon and Puig came out of the game. Neither tried to play through it and make it worse, and while we can’t know right now who made those choices, they were the right ones.

It’s obviously much too soon to know the severity of either, though Puig was seen sitting in the dugout for the rest of the game, but it makes for some interesting roster implications. With both out, Don Mattingly was left with only Jamie Romak, Miguel Rojas, and Drew Butera on the bench. Butera is of course the backup catcher; Romak and Rojas had a combined four career major league plate appearances between them. That’s not a situation you can live with for more than a day, and while the Dodgers are infamous for letting injured players sit on the bench without actually putting them on the disabled list — see Mark Ellis and Juan Uribe — they won’t have that luxury if both Puig and Gordon are unavailable for the next few days.

Looking at the depth chart, the 40-man roster is full, and Carlos Triunfel and Erisbel Arruebarrena are the only 40-man position players available. (Triunfel is in tonight’s Albuquerque lineup. Arruebarrena is not, but is still within his 72-hour window to report after being optioned. Yes, Joc Pederson is starting for the Isotopes, too.) Again, this is all very premature until we know more, but the fact that this all happened at once makes it extremely difficult to see them being able to carry two unavailable players, if that’s the case. But hey, why wouldn’t a game where the Dodgers lose two players to injury in two innings go to extra innings?


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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.


107 comments
rumpljon
rumpljon

This team is playing the way I predicted (and was right about except for that

mild 42-8 Dodgers Are From Mars thingy) last year's would.


I really disliked the off-season work by FO again.  And am not holding my breath.


Not allowed to bet 'cause of a thousand moderate strokes, but recommended

five Classic Day exceptions to friends, trifecta boxes, one of which was CC, Commisssioner,

Tonalist, Medal Count, and General A-rod.  $60 returned around $3300.  Damned strokes!!!!

rumpljon
rumpljon

What a surprise, used-to-be-an-American-League-closer with a deserved

ERA over 5.  Ned and Co gotta get one each year, eh?


And gotta continue to wonder how Dodgers go about teaching basics (pretty

awful, with exceptions here and there, since Lasorda took over).

And just what the training staff does for a living....

deblueDodger
deblueDodger

I wanna say boo but id rather point to Matty's hitting and say,"oh yeah!"

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

Wait. Kemp got that lead off triple and didn't score?

Curses. Curses all to hell

 tomato
tomato

chris perez has been a great acquisition

wilhud
wilhud

Ethier choosing his life over crashing into Coors Field wall

Dang88
Dang88

Can someone tell me wtf happened

Matt Kemp's Bath Towel
Matt Kemp's Bath Towel

its almost like you should use your closer in extra innings even in non-save situations

 tomato
tomato

so tim fed hits a 3 run bomb and you still lose

Dang88
Dang88

My stream stopped.......came back.....celebration

efb
efb

OMG ETHIER IS SUCH A GOOD CFer!!!

Dang88
Dang88

I love you guyz/galz

 tomato
tomato

let's go fatso lets go dah dah

scottyc35
scottyc35

just a bit different from saying "Punto, Schumaker, and Hairston"

KMT59
KMT59

@Dang88 ball off th rcf wall guy from 1st scored

scottyc35
scottyc35

when Drew Butera was with the Twins, we HATED him! worst hitter in baseball history! Now, I love him! he contributes w/ the bat from time to time, but it looks to me like the pitching staff loves him too. and wow what an arm! 

deblueDodger
deblueDodger

I thought you were making a pun: you didn't see it Ethier

Matt Kemp's Bath Towel
Matt Kemp's Bath Towel

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Professor Towel my comment wasn't a ranking of problems by priority, just a statement that I take issue with formulaic managing that says you use your closer in save situations only. That was the middle of the Rockies order starting with Tulo... best point in the game to use Jansen.