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Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run en route to a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

With two runners on, Puig deposited an 88 mph cutter from Josh Collmenter into the seats in left-center field. It was his only hit of the game, as the Dodgers mustered just five against the right-hander despite going home victorious. Amid plenty of controversy, Puig is batting .241/.349/.426 with two homers thus far.

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Yasiel Puig is batting third for the first time in his major league career Thursday vs. the Giants.

The Dodgers are sitting multiple regulars in Thursday's series-finale with San Francisco, so Puig gets to move into prime RBI territory. The 23-year-old is batting .250/.340/.409 in 12 games played this season.

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Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

Puig hasn't played since last Saturday due to a strained left thumb ligament. He's in right field, with Carl Crawford in left, Andre Ethier in center and Matt Kemp on the bench.

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Yasiel Puig (thumb) is not in the Dodgers' lineup again Wednesday, but the outfielder will be available to pinch hit.

Puig seems to be progressing from the strained left thumb ligament he sustained Saturday, but he's still not in the starting lineup. He's still considered day-to-day, with the weekend as a possible timetable for his return to the lineup.

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Yasiel Puig (thumb) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

Puig hasn't played since strained a left thumb ligament in Saturday's game. He plans to play through the ailment, but it's not clear when he'll return to the lineup. It's not clear whether Puig is available to pinch-hit Tuesday.

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The results of Yasiel Puig's Sunday MRI exam revealed a strained left thumb ligament.

He's considered day-to-day, and is expected to avoid the 15-day disabled list. Andre Ethier will fill in if necessary while Puig is sidelined, but manager Don Mattingly indicated that the young Cuban outfielder could be in the lineup against the Tigers on Tuesday.

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Yasiel Puig showed up late to the ballpark for Friday's home opener and was benched by the Dodgers for the game against the Giants.

Matt Kemp, who wasn't going to start in his first game back from the disabled list, was penciled into the two hole in Puig's place. It'll probably be just a one-game benching for Puig, but we'll see. The Dodgers may decide to teach him a lesson.

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Yasiel Puig had two hits, including a two-run home run, in a win over the Padres on Tuesday.

Puig walloped an Ian Kennedy fastball into the left field stands for his first home run of the season. The outfielder continues to be immensely talented and immensely frustrating, but fantasy owners don't care about the Dodgers' issues. The 23-year-old will continue to bat near the top of the Dodgers' lineup as long as he's healthy this season.

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly held a team meeting Tuesday to address Yasiel Puig's behavior.

Puig made two bad baserunning errors in the Dodgers' second of two games in Australia and then left in the bottom of the ninth inning with a phantom back injury -- all of which seemed to infuriate Mattingly (along with some Dodgers players). So Mattingly decided Tuesday to air the grievances, and it seemed to work. "I asked them to please keep helping me," Puig told ESPN.com. "Specifically with baserunning and hitting my cutoff man. I want them to help me with everything they can."

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Yasiel Puig is considered day-to-day after an MRI on his back revealed no structural damage.

Puig is dealing with inflammation in his lower back, but it's not a major cause for concern. He's expected to participate in a workout on Wednesday and play in the team's next exhibition game on Thursday. If all goes well, he should be ready when the Dodgers' season resume Sunday night.