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Mattingly questions Puig's back injury

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly seemed miffed at Yasiel Puig after the outfielder left Sunday's game in Australia in the ninth inning with an apparent back injury.

"Shoulder yesterday, back today, so I'm not sure if they're going to get him tests or get him to the MRI Monday or a bone scan on Tuesday, maybe," Mattingly said sarcastically, according to ESPN.com. "I'm not quite sure what we'll do. We may not do anything. I'm not sure."

Puig struck out in the ninth inning of Sunday's 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks and then did not return to right field in the bottom half of the inning. Before the game, Mattingly told reporters that Puig "grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses."

Puig hit .300 (3-for-10) with one double, two RBI and four strikeouts as the Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks in two games played in Sydney to open the season.

Puig also made poor base running decisions that turned into two outs, according to ESPN.com. Puig ran for second on his RBI single in the third inning. Dee Gordon was held at third base, and Puig was thrown out easily. When a ball trickled away from catcher Miguel Montero in the sixth, Puig broke for third and was out by 10 feet.

"It was a rough day," Mattingly said.

After the first base running gaffe, Adrian Gonzalez grabbed Puig as he was leaving the field and talked to him. The two players were bantering loudly in Spanish in the Dodgers' clubhouse following the game.

"Anything that we would do with Yasiel wouldn't be something I would talk to you all about," Mattingly said.

Puig showed up to spring training 26 pounds heavier than he had been at the end of last season. Mattingly twice benched Puig for disciplinary reasons last season.

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