For the ninth game of the season,
He decided to keep
Puig had hoped to play Wednesday, but then he also wanted to play Tuesday after tweaking his hamstring Monday against the
"Just decided to take advantage of the off day [Thursday], give him the extra day and the best chance to see where we're at," Mattingly said.
"Right now I feel like he's going to be ready to go Friday."
Crawford jammed his ankle going back hard into second base in the first inning Tuesday.
"He stayed in and didn't feel anything after the game, he just woke up stiff and came in and got some work done," Mattingly said. "He feels good and like he can play, but just trying to use a little bit of caution with Carl and not let this turn into something."
Mattingly said the Dodgers did not believe Crawford had seriously injured the ankle and he should be able to pinch hit Wednesday.
"I don't think there's any real sense of fear, anything to do with the ligament or he turned it or anything more, he just jammed it," Mattingly said.
Also Wednesday, with
Mattingly did not say whether Frias would take the turn the next time injured Hyun-jin Ryu's spot comes up April 25.
"I don't think I said that," he said. "We haven't made a decision on that.
"It fits into what we need right now."