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One day after brawl, Yasiel Puig out with shoulder injury

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Yasiel Puig with hitting coach Mark McGwire during Tuesday's brawl.
Yasiel Puig with hitting coach Mark McGwire during Tuesday's brawl. (USATSI)

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Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks due to a strained right shoulder. As things stand right now, the Dodgers either don't know how he hurt the shoulder or don't want to tell us.

"Yasiel was a little sore," manager Don Mattingly said (MLB.com). "I'm not sure what all that was from."

The Dodgers are also saying the injury isn't serious and have listed Puig as day-to-day.

Obviously with Puig previously having a healthy shoulder and then falling injured the day after a benches-clearing brawl with the D-Backs, questions are certain to arise -- especially since he was one of the players ejected.

Whether Puig was injured in the fight or not, this seems like a good time to note a reasonable rule of thumb for brawls.

- Frontline: Bench players, middle relievers, coaches and managers.

- Backup: Decent-to-poor starting pitchers and position players.

- As far away from any physical contact as possible: Stars.

Puig may not fully be a star yet, but he probably is too valuable to be in the middle of a brawl.

Puig, 22, is hitting .471/.500/.882 with two doubles, four homers and 10 RBI in nine games since being called up to make his major-league debut.

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