Dodgers’ Puig leaves with oblique strain, could face DL

July 9, 2018
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig leaves the field after injuring himself while batting during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is likely headed to the disabled list after leaving in the fifth inning against the Angels with what the team announced was a strained right oblique.

Puig grabbed his right side after taking a swing during an at-bat and grimaced. He hunched over and was checked by a trainer and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts before leaving the game.

Joc Pederson finished the at-bat and struck out.

“When you’re talking about oblique, rib cage, we’re almost certain it’s a DL situation,” Roberts said. “Obviously, we’ve got four days with the (All-Star) break to buy (time). We’re going to get a scan (Monday) and we’ll know more then.”

Puig hit a three-run homer — his 11th of the season — in the second inning. He was 1 for 2 with three RBIs.

“On the first swing, I felt something,” Puig said. “The second swing, I tried to bat through a fastball and tried to hit it in the front and that’s when I felt it more. ... I feel bad. I can’t help my team win right now. I come and play little bit better and try to help my team win. Now, this has happened. The only thing I can do is rest.”