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Yasiel Puig continues to laugh through the pain

Don Mattingly
Yasiel Puig is out of Dodgers lineup a second straight day after colliding with outfield fence Sunday in Miami
Yasiel Puig says he's OK physically and even laughs about it, but Dodgers still watch for concussion symptoms

Yasiel Puig is still feeling the lingering effects of Sunday's violent collision with the right-field fence in Miami. But apparently it hasn't affected his sense of humor.

A relaxed Puig smiled and joked his way through a session with the media in the Dodgers clubhouse Tuesday, and though he was held out of the lineup for a second straight day he said he was ready to play.

"They could use me to pitch," he said. "I'd probably hit everybody in the head."

Speaking of heads, Puig was asked if his was clear a day after he complained of headaches.

"I'm fine," he said. "I recognize everybody here."

But when asked if he was 100%, Puig sidestepped the question -- and the Dodgers appeared unsure too. The team's medical staff continued to monitor Puig for signs he may have sustained a concussion, running him through a battery of tests on the field Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm sure he’s sore. But that’s not what I think we’re worried about," Manager Don Mattingly said.

Puig, who hurt himself running into a wall last July in Colorado, also complained of pain in his left shoulder. But after receiving a second day of treatment for that, he said he was able to swing a bat without a problem.

Asked if he would shy away from walls in the future, Puig laughed and invited a reporter down on the field to help him with that.

"Instead of staying up there on the fifth floor, writing all the time, why you don’t put yourself down on the field and tell me when I'm getting close to hitting the wall," he joked. "Once I get started, I can't stop."

Mattingly agreed, saying Puig's all-out style is part of what makes him so dynamic.

"I don’t want him to get hurt. But guys play," he said. "That’s why everybody just gravitated toward Yasiel -- the passion and how hard he goes.

"No, I don’t want him to run aimlessly into a wall. But guys play the game, they want to make a great play, that’s what they do."

Puig admitted he has seen video of the play that left him lying stunned on the warning track for several moments, but said that he doesn't like watching it.

"Everytime I see it again, it hurts more," he said.

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