Puig feels better, returns as pinch-hitter

Puig feels better, returns as pinch-hitter

MIAMI -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig -- who missed the past two games with a torn callus on his left palm -- didn't start on Friday in the series opener at Marlins Park, but he did pinch-hit in the eighth inning and stayed in to finish the 7-1 Los Angeles win.

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Prior to the contest, Puig said the injury felt better, while manager Don Mattingly said that the outfielder would be available as a pinch-hitter if batting practice went well. Apparently it did, as Puig pinch-hit for pitcher Brett Anderson in the eighth and grounded out to third. He then played the final two innings in right field.

"We're still being a little careful," Mattingly said. "We knew he was probably only going to get one at-bat. We were kind of halfway staying away from the at-bat. ... We'll see what happens tomorrow."

The appearance marked Puig's first since Tuesday against the Cubs. He sustained the hand injury in his first at-bat on Monday in Chicago, but played the rest of that contest, as well as the entire game on Tuesday. He was then held out of Wednesday and Thursday's games -- both Dodgers victories.

On the season, Puig is batting .308 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 28 games.

Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.