Puig back in lineup, no worse for wear after collision

Ethier reports no pain in elbow; Mattingly says seven will make 'pen

Puig back in lineup, no worse for wear after collision

ANAHEIM -- As advertised, Yasiel Puig was back in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup in right field Friday night for the second Freeway Series exhibition game against the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Puig emerged unscathed from Thursday night's scary collision with second baseman Howie Kendrick as they went after a short fly ball in the fifth inning. Puig was struck in the throat area by Kendrick's elbow, was dazed, went down and stayed down. Puig required attention, and came out of the game, but he was pronounced fit by a doctor while the game was still in progress.

Manager Don Mattingly has long worried aloud about Puig (6-2, 255) running over infielders on similar plays, but Kendrick (5-11, 220) was uninjured.

"Howie's put together pretty good," Mattingly said.

Worth noting

• Kendrick was Angels manager Mike Scioscia's everyday second baseman for most of the past nine seasons. Scioscia said he couldn't resist watching him get in his pregame work for the Dodgers on Thursday.

"There haven't been many guys I've seen in 16 seasons [managing the Angels] that practice the game as hard as Howie does," Scioscia said. "He loves to play."

• Outfielder Andre Ethier (elbow) returned to action Thursday night, and Friday he said he was fine.

"It was painful [after he was struck by a pitch Tuesday], but after the swelling went down, it was just a matter of being able to take batting practice, and then go out and play," Ethier said.

"After the X-rays he took the other day, as a player you get a pretty good feeling it's going to be OK," Mattingly said.

• Mattingly said the Dodgers' Opening Day bullpen would be seven strong, and there wasn't going to be a specific left/right breakdown.

"All our left-handers are throwing well," he said. "It's going to be seven guys, it doesn't matter if they're left-handers or right-handers."

Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.