"He's improved today," manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll see where's he at. I feel like I'm going to have him more than I did last night."
And that he did. Mattingly sent Puig up to pinch-hit with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Dodgers down by two runs. Puig struck out looking on three pitches, but the Dodgers tied it before losing, 7-6, in 10 innings.
After Tuesday's 10-inning Dodgers victory, Mattingly said Puig was only available on an emergency basis, "if the game went on forever, and we needed a hitter." On Sunday, Puig's first miss, he was only available to pinch-run.
Puig said he could hold the bat Tuesday "but it was a bit uncomfortable" with the splint, "but I will adapt."
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com.
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