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Puig OK after getting wind knocked out of him


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig gave his growing legion of fans a scare Friday when he had the wind knocked out of him trying to make a diving catch on a Brandon Phillips wind-blown fly ball.

Puig, however, said he was fine and expected to play Saturday night.

In an apparent miscommunication with left fielder Jerry Hairston, Puig raced over from his spot in center and made a desperate and late diving attempt. The ball dropped for what was ruled as an error and Puig remained on the ground face first.

Puig remained on the ground long enough for Hairston to wave for aid from the dugout. Trainer Sue Falsone and manager Don Mattingly responded. Puig arose and left the game under his own power, holding his lower left side below the ribcage.

A half inning earlier, Puig electrified the large crowd with a line hit down the left-field line, racing to second for a double and continuing to third when left fielder Ryan Ludwick bobbled the ball.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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