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"He still has tightness in that area, we'll see how he is tomorrow," Mattingly said.
Mattingly spoke Friday of the need to communicate better with Puig about his physical status and whether he would be well enough to play a complete game.
"It just takes an understanding," Mattingly said. "You can't say 'I'm OK' and then go two innings and come out. That's what puts us in a bind. ... He's better off pinch-hitting late and using him for an inning."
Mattingly also said Crawford, who didn't play Friday and pinch-hit Thursday, should be available to come off the bench Saturday. Crawford, who is hitting .274 with five home runs and 13 RBIs, said the pain in his lower back had subsided since Friday.
"It's just one of those things you never really know," Crawford said. "I might have to take a step back sometimes. I still might have to get used to that."