Yasiel Puig limped across the visitor’s clubhouse at AT&T Park and slumped into a chair. A protective wrap covered his left foot. The Dodgers were a few minutes removed from a 15-6 victory over the Giants in the first game of a doubleheader and a few hours away from an 8-3 defeat in the nightcap. In between, Puig awaited a date with an X-ray machine.
As Puig started to eat lunch, a member of the training staff stopped by. The appointment would not take long, the trainer said. They could walk to the machine and come back. Puig looked puzzled.
“Walk?” he said. The prospect did not appeal to him. The actual exam revealed only a bruise on his ankle, the product of a foul ball in the first game’s second inning. The Dodgers did not place Puig on the disabled list, but they executed a roster move to protect the depth of their suddenly creaky outfield.
The injury to Puig hastened the promotion of Alex Verdugo, the team’s top position player prospect. The Dodgers had already flown Verdugo into the Bay Area as insurance after Matt Kemp experienced tightness in his quadriceps on Friday. With Puig joining Kemp on the bench, Verdugo was activated and placed into the starting lineup for the nightcap.
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