Yasiel Puig limited with shoulder inflammation
Yasiel Puig dealt with right shoulder inflammation at times last season, and the issue has again surfaced in spring workouts.
The Dodgers aren't even set to have their first full-squad workout until Friday, but position players have been working out on a voluntary basis. And right fielder Yasiel Puig is already hampered a bit.
Puig is on a limited throwing program due to inflammation in his right shoulder -- the same one that bothered Puig at times last season.
Manager Don Mattingly said Puig apparently overthrew his first day in camp and the club believes it is the same problem that he played through last year.
After taking batting practice, Puig played catch Thursday under the watch of trainer Stan Conte.
"We don't think it's serious, but we need to find out," Mattingly said, calling Puig's reduced throwing "precautionary."
The 23-year-old Puig took the league by force last June and ended up finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year voting to Marlins phenom Jose Fernandez. Puig hit .319/.391/.534 (160 OPS+) with 21 doubles, 19 homers and 11 stolen bases in 104 games for the NL West champion Dodgers.
Sure, it's a bit troublesome that the same shoulder issue has surfaced for Puig, but it's Feb. 13. No need to overreact just yet.