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Yasiel Puig day-to-day with strained thumb ligament

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Yasiel Puig and his injured thumb will pay a visit to the MRI tube.
Yasiel Puig and his injured thumb visited the MRI tube. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: The MRI revealed a strained thumb ligament, Mattingly announced following Sunday's game. It is not a DL situation and Puig is day-to-day. He could return to the lineup on Tuesday, when the club opens a quick two-game series against the Tigers.

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Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is heading for an MRI on his injured left thumb, manager Don Mattingly announced. Puig hurt himself sliding into first base in the third inning on Saturday, but stayed in and finished the game.

Puig, 23, was benched for Friday's home opener after showing up to the ballpark late. He's shown a knack for these nagging, day-to-day injuries in his relatively short career, mostly because he plays very hard and crashes into walls, slides head-first into first base, stuff like that.

X-rays on the thumb came back negative, and Mattingly said the club expects the MRI to come back clean as well. They are just making sure everything is covered. Puig will not play in Sunday night's game but Mattingly say he may be available to pinch hit.

In six games this year, Puig has gone 6-for-24 (.250) with a double and a home run.

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