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Yasiel Puig not in the Dodgers lineup the day after brawl with Diamondbacks

Mike Oz
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Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a day after he was a central figure in a pair of bench-clearing brawls with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers say Puig has a sore right shoulder and is day to day.

He was hit by an Ian Kennedy pitch on Tuesday night. It hit Puig's left shoulder and bounced to hit his face. He stayed in the game, but his pegging started a series of hit batters that culminated with both teams flooding the field and pushing each other around. Puig was in the middle of the fray and eventually ejected.

On Wednesday, Puig came out for batting practice, but cut it short and returned to the clubhouse, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Jerry Hairston Jr. will bat clean-up instead for the Dodgers as they face the Diamondbacks again.

Suspensions related to Tuesday's brawls weren't handed down Wednesday by Major League Baseball, but they should be coming Thursday, according to a report from USA Today.

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