Puig injured the thumb Saturday sliding head-first into first base in the third inning. He remained in the game and played the full nine innings, but the thumb was sore enough that he had X-rays done after the game.
The X-rays came back negative, but the Dodgers decided to send him for the MRI exam Sunday afternoon.
“It was pretty swollen, actually,” said Dodgers Manager
Puig hurt the thumb last year while still with Double-A Chattanooga and injured his left hand in August diving for a ball at
The Dodgers have an off-day on Monday before beginning a two-game series here against the
"We're hoping for the best, that he would maybe be able to pinch hit or something tonight," Mattingly said. "I'm not sure if that's going to happen. To me, the second scenario is that ... he gets the day off, tomorrow off and basically almost all the next day, which is almost three days. So hopefully he'll be ready for that one."
Mattingly said the injury did not seem so severe, and that if this were later in the year during a crucial point in the season, Puig could have played.
Mattingly said he would hope Puig would stop sliding head-first into first, but did not exactly sound hopeful.