Thumb Costs Puig an Opportunity
Yasiel Puig has been placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list with a sprained thumb, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, who also notes that the injury may have cost Puig a chance to DH for the Dodgers over the weekend when the team as in Baltimore.
Puig, who was as hot this spring as a hitter can be, is was hitting .333/.385/.625 in Double-A before the injury. No one has questioned his hitting ability, but the Dodgers are hoping Puig can make some improvements in his plate discipline. Thus far, however, Puig has walked just four times in 13 games, for a 7.7 percent walk rate even lower than his previous minor league rates.
Puig is not expected to be out long.
Surgery Not Needed for d'Arnaud
Travis d'Arnaud broke his foot on Wednesday, but after visiting doctors, it was determined that surgery was not needed to repair the break, says Michael Baron of MetsBlog.com. d'Arnaud is expected to miss about eight weeks.
This isn't a long-term concern for the Mets top hitting prospect, and essentially, the only real effect of this injury should be the delay of his arrival in the majors by about a month or so. Assuming there are no setbacks, d'Arnaud should still be in the majors this summer, it just could be towards the end of it rather than at it's start.
Molina to Miss a Couple of Starts
Nestor Molina, who the White Sox acquired in exchange for Sergio Santos last off-season, will miss a few starts after having an MRI on his elbow, reports Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune. It was not disclosed whether there is a structural issue, an actual injury, or whether this is a response to soreness or a precautionary measure.
Molina returned to Double-A Birmingham this season after getting hit hard there last year, but wasn't having much more success before going on the DL, with a 7.30 ERA and 20 hits allowed in 12 1/3 innings.