Puig exits early with mild hip strain

Puig exits early with mild hip strain

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig re-injured a strained left hip flexor and was removed in the eighth inning of Friday night's game with the Padres.

Manager Don Mattingly said Puig was considered day to day, although Puig sounded discouraged. "It's the same [right] hip and I continue to get treatment, try to play through it to support my team, but it's still hurting," he said.

Puig flied out leading off the top of the eighth inning and limped back to the dugout. He was replaced in a double-switch by Scott Van Slyke.

Puig has been troubled by a hip flexor he originally suffered sliding into second base June 7, although the only start he missed was on June 8.

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