LOS ANGELES – Yasiel Puig left the Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-1 win over the Colorado Rockies Thursday night in the seventh inning because he experienced some soreness in his left hip area, manager Don Mattingly said.
Puig, who went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .397, left the game shortly after his seventh-inning strikeout and was replaced in center field by Andre Ethier. Puig said after the game he wasn't sure if he would be able to play Friday. The injury, he said, was the remnant of a collision with an outfield wall in Colorado last week.
"I have to get some treatment tomorrow, but it doesn't really bother me now," Puig said through a translator.
Mattingly and Puig both denied a report that Puig was taken out of the game because of a clubhouse tirade following his strikeout on a Manny Corpas pitch well off the outside corner. He has struck out 11 times in his past 29 plate appearances.
"He was fine," Mattingly said. "How do these rumors get started? He's a lightning rod, isn't he?"
Puig laughed when he was asked if he was angry after being taken out of the game.
"No, I feel good. The team won, so why wouldn't I feel good?" he said.