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Out of lineup again, Puig will be back for finale

MIAMI -- Saturday will be the last day of rest for Yasiel Puig's left hand.

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Prior to Saturday's matchup against the Marlins, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that he anticipates Puig rejoining the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Marlins Park after not starting the past four games with a torn callus on his left palm.

"I think his hand is good," Mattingly said.

While Puig pinch-hit and grounded out in the eighth inning of Friday's 7-1 win vs. the Marlins, he hasn't started since Tuesday in Chicago. However, the Dodgers won the first three games in which he's been out of the lineup, which Mattingly said factored into resting him for a fourth straight game Saturday.

"I figured we're playing OK and we can give him one more day," Mattingly said. "The injury should be gone by [Sunday], where it's total freedom."

In 28 games this season, the 24-year-old Puig is hitting .308 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. He missed action earlier in the season, as a left hamstring strain sent him to the disabled list from April 25-June 6.

Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for
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