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Dodgers Scratch Puig From Series Finale With Swollen Thumb

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Brandon Hicks #14 of the San Francisco Giants tags out Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at first base on a run down in the third inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Brandon Hicks #14 of the San Francisco Giants tags out Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at first base on a run down in the third inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup for Sunday night’s series finale against San Francisco because of a swollen left thumb.

Puig left Dodger Stadium prior to the game to get an MRI exam. He was hurt Saturday making a headfirst slide into first base on an infield single. He finished that game, flying out with the bases loaded in the seventh. X-rays taken after the game were negative.

The Dodgers had Andre Ethier in right field, Matt Kemp in center and Carl Crawford in left with Scott Van Slyke on the bench. Mattingly didn’t rule out the possibility of using Puig as a pinch-hitter.

Puig was benched for Friday’s home opener because he was late getting to the stadium. According to a poll, the majority of Dodger fans approve of manager Don Mattingly’s handling of Puig’s late attendance.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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