One day after brawl, Yasiel Puig out with shoulder injury

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 ( "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.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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