Puig got out to a relatively slow start this spring but has heated up in recent days, smacking three home runs in his last four games. He's 9 for 34 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 13 Cactus League games.
"Not really," Mattingly said, per the Los Angeles Times. "His spring was a little rough last year. I'm not really concerned about his average or anything like that. He looks fine. He's hit some balls decent."
Puig hit a hanging curve from Ryan Vogelsong for a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Puig's blast to left-center came on a full count.
Puig went one-for-three on the day, before leaving in the bottom of the sixth.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola announced Friday that Gilberto Suarez has been sentenced to a month in prison for his role in the smuggling of
Scola gave Suarez less than the one-year maximum partly because his smuggling role was limited to getting Puig to the Mexico-Texas border in 2012.
Suarez was one of the Miami-based financiers of the venture in which Puig was taken by boat from Cuba to Mexico. The financiers were to receive a portion of Puig's contract. He eventually signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Dodgers.
Court documents showed Suarez received $2.5 million from Puig's contract. However, Suarez has agreed to forfeit a house, a condominium and a Mercedes-Benz.
McGwire also added that consistency is the only obstacle for Puig to win multiple MVP awards.
"If we can put a full season together and if that lull toward the end of the season is not there — he has a big September, big playoffs — there's no question he's going to have several MVPs," McGwire said.
The outfielder faded a bit in the final two months of the 2014 season, entering August with a .319/.406/.552 line.
"He's had such great first halves, first three-quarters of the season, and things have tailed off toward the end of the season," McGwire added. "We have to work on something like that."
McGwire expressed uncertainty about where Puig would hit in the lineup, saying, "I like him at the top of the lineup to set the tone, and I like him in a RBI situation."
Puig completed his first full major-league season last year after making his big-league debut in June of the previous season. He hit .296/.382/.480 with 16 home runs, 69 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 558 at-bats in 2014.
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