CHICAGO — The
Their 3-0 victory over the
But a black brace that covered
Puig was injured on a sliding catch on a line drive to right field by
Though uncertain if Puig would play in the series finale Sunday, Mattingly said he didn't expect him to be out for more than a day or two. Then again, Mattingly initially offered a similar medical opinion when
Puig didn't sound particularly concerned.
"I have to wait and see how I feel when I come to play tomorrow," Puig said. "I'll take some swings and see how I feel."
Asked where he was injured, Puig pointed to the fleshy part of the hand between the thumb and index finger. He said he sustained a similar injury on a similar play in the minor leagues in April. That time, he was sidelined for 10 games.
"It's better than it was then," Puig said.
Puig covered a lot of ground on the painful catch, but it wasn't even his most memorable defensive effort. In the third inning, pitcher
Puig was two for three with a run scored, but the victory was largely a credit to the Dodgers' pitching.
He left the game with a 3-0 lead, as
The bullpen recorded several vital outs to preserve the victory.
League hasn't given up a run in his last seven appearances.
Paco Rodriguez entered the game with two outs in the eighth inning and walked
Mattingly reserved his highest praise for Jansen, who needed only 13 pitches to retire the side in the ninth inning and record his 16th save.
"He's been really efficient," Mattingly said. "He's at 12 pitches, he's at 10 pitches. He's not wasting any pitches. He's throwing strikes. He's attacking the zone. That tells me there's a confidence in him.
Jansen was flattered by the comparison, but downplayed it.
"I'm way far from Mariano, man," Jansen said. "I have a whole lot more to accomplish. Mariano is a legend."