Sunday could prove to be a costly day for the Dodgers. And we're not talking about the opportunities they wasted in a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.
That's because the team may be without outfielder Yasiel Puig for at least one game, maybe more, after a collision with the right-field wall. That took place several hours after left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu returned to Los Angeles to have his sore left shoulder examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Puig leapt into a padded support post in the right-field corner, nearly coming away with Jeff Baker's game-winning double with two out in the ninth. He missed making a spectacular catch by inches, then fell in a heap to the warning track where he remained for several minutes before walking off the field with his left arm draped around the shoulder of head trainer Stan Conte.
Several teammates stopped by Puig's locker afterward, but the outfielder, groggy and glassy-eyed, did not speak to the media. The team said he hit the left side of his head and lower leg on the fence and was examined by a doctor. A concussion test was negative and Puig is officially listed as day to day.
"He hit the wall good," Manager Don Mattingly said of Puig, who has hit safely in six games and is batting .309 for the season. "He seemed to be OK when he was walking in. I'm sure they're going to keep looking at him. He was pointing to multiple areas, his ankle, his head.
"I'm sure they're checking everything."
Meanwhile Ryu, who went on the disabled list Friday with shoulder inflammation, did not continue on with the team to Washington but will instead see ElAttrache on Monday for what Mattingly characterized as a precautionary exam.
"It makes sense. There's no reason for him to be going to D.C. and not playing catch and not seeing any of our [doctors]," he said.
Ryu, the third Dodgers starting pitcher to go on the disabled list this year, isn't eligible to be reactivated until next week.
"Hopefully there's nothing major there," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said Sunday. "Hopefully just this little time off will correct it and get him back in the rotation. We'll find out in the next few days about that."
Ryu is 3-2 with a 3.00 earned-run average in a team-high seven starts. Right-hander Stephen Fife was called up from triple-A Albuquerque to take his place in the rotation Sunday.