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Dodgers' Yasiel Puig makes early exit with apparent injury [Update]

March 22, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers' Yasiel Puig left Friday's game early after attempting a diving catch.
Dodgers' Yasiel Puig left Friday's game early after attempting… (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated…)

PHOENIX -- Down for a few minutes after attempting a diving catch in left-center field, Yasiel Puig was forced to make a fifth-inning exit from the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

[Update 3:39 p.m.: Puig said he got the wind knocked out of him when his left side hit the ground. He said he should be able to play on Saturday.]

As Puig lay in the grass, Manager Don Mattingly and two trainers rushed to the outfield. Puig was able to walk off the field under his own power.

It wasn’t immediately known what Puig injured.

The top prospect was charged with an error on the play, which was the end result of a fly ball hit by Brandon Phillips.

Puig was one for two at the time of his exit, which dropped his batting average to .520.

Puig lined out to second base in the first inning. But in the fourth inning, Puig doubled to left field and advanced to third base on an error by Ryan Ludwick.

Earlier in the day, Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson said he was “very excited” to get his first glimpse of Puig, who was signed for $42 million last year.

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