One thing you can never question about Yasiel Puig is his effort. He treats every play he's involved in as if it's the most important play of the game, and on Sunday afternoon in Miami, he gave everything he had and then some on what truly was the most important play of the game.
It happened in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Dodgers and Marlins all tied up. Miami had the winning run at third base with two outs and Jeff Baker at the plate. Baker drove a fly ball to deep right field that carried well and Puig pursued full force before violently crashing into the right field fence while attempting to make a game-saving catch. Unfortunately, his effort came up short, but the effects of hitting the wall were still felt.
As the Marlins celebrated their dramatic 5-4 victory, the Dodgers concern turned to Puig as he lay crumpled up on the warning track. The team's athletic trainer and teammates quickly surrounded him, but eventually he was able to walk off the field under his own power. Still, he didn't quite look right, and immediately afterwards manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Puig pointed to multiple areas that hurt, and their biggest concern was Puig may have suffered a concussion.
Fortunately, that wasn't the case.
#Dodgers say Puig was given a concussion test. Results negative. Will be monitored. Status day to day. Also hit lower left leg on wall.— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 4, 2014
With a possible concussion no longer a concern, it appears Puig avoided a significant injury in the collision, but chances are he'll be sore for a few days and may even be forced to sit out a couple games. After seeing that crash in live speed, the Dodgers will gladly take that outcome, all the while appreciating their superstars' incredible effort.
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