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Despite scare, Dodgers like Puig's all-out style

DENVER -- The Dodgers' lineup was posted 90 minutes later than usual Thursday, the time it took for Yasiel Puig to be cleared to be in it.

Puig suffered a bruised left hip and thigh slamming into the right-field fence Wednesday night while catching a drive from Colorado's Nolan Arenado and came out of the game an inning later.

Manager Don Mattingly was in no hurry to fill out a lineup without the .440 hitter, so he waited for trainers to put Puig through some agility drills. Mattingly got the green light and put Puig in his usual No. 2 hole and right field.

Mattingly said he expects Puig to continue getting hurt as long as he continues his wild approach to the game, which nobody is trying to change.

"[Adviser Pat] Corrales told me [before his callup] that the guy is going to get hurt, he plays so hard," Mattingly said. "I anticipate some of that stuff."

Mattingly said he found no fault with Puig's play, even though it was the third time he's hit a wall hard in his month-long big league career.

"There's a difference between being aggressive and reckless, but defensively it's hard to hold back," he said. "If you have no chance and you run into a wall, that's silly to me. But Matt [Kemp] ran into a wall here and had surgery, others run into walks and nothing happens."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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