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Top prospect Puig to miss Fall League play

LOS ANGELES -- Top Dodgers outfield prospect Yasiel Puig will miss the Arizona Fall League because of a staph infection in his right elbow that required a surgical procedure.

Puig is expected to be fully healed in three to five weeks and will rehab at the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale facility.

Puig, signed this summer for a $42 million bonus, developed an infection similar to one that sidelined former Dodgers infielder Casey Blake for a month in 2011. Like Blake, Puig underwent a surgical cleaning of the infected area and his throwing elbow will remain immobilized for another week.

The 22-year-old Puig, ranked No. 2 among Dodgers prospects by, made an immediate impact once he entered the Dodgers' Minor League system. First in the Arizona Rookie League, then in the High Single-A California League, he hit a combined .354 in 23 games with five homers, 15 RBIs and a 1.076 OPS.

Puig is expected to miss the entire Arizona Fall League, which opened play Tuesday. He was assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox, along with eight other Dodgers prospects -- pitchers Eric Eadington, Onelki Garcia, Red Patterson, Chris Reed, Andres Santiago; catcher Gorman Erickson; infielder Rafael Ynoa and outfielder Joc Pederson.

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