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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Yasiel Puig develops staph infection

By Mark Saxon

The Los Angeles Dodgers were hoping to see outfielder Yasiel Puig play against other elite prospects in the Arizona Fall League, but that appears unlikely after Puig came down with a staph infection in the back of his right elbow, the team announced Tuesday.

The Dodgers expect Puig to be out 3-5 weeks, which shouldn't impact his arrival at spring training but probably rules out his participation in the fall league next month.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said last week that Puig, who is on the team's 40-man roster, would be with the major league team at spring training. Puig, 22, tore up rookie ball and batted .327 with one home run and four RBIs in 52 at-bats with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

The infection was in the bursa of Puig's elbow, but according to the team, did not invade the elbow joint. He initially was treated with oral antibiotics but did not respond. An Arizona doctor performed a wash-out procedure on Sept. 18 and Puig's elbow was immobilized to be certain the incision healed.