Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick met in a nasty collision in the fifth inning of last nights game. It was one of those bloop flys into no-man's-land. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear either guy was communicating out there. They came together in a violent crash; running into each other like a couple of Mack Trucks being tested for structural integrity. Based on the video replay it looked like Puig got the worst of it. Kendrick gave Puig an hockey-styled elbow to the throat. You can watch the replay here.
Via Earl Bloom at MLB.com:
Puig was checked by a doctor and the Dodgers said there is no injury. He is expected to be available to play Friday.This is one of those events that could have scarred the entire season. Fortunately, it looks like both men will be able to walk away fine; if not a little bruised. The photo above is via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015. Go here to check out more photos from Jon from yesterday's game. Below are some links to check out:
Puig waved off media requests as he left the clubhouse, saying only "I'm fine."
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