Mattingly on Wilson being placed on disabled list

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson pitched a scoreless inning for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday night to start a Minor League rehab assignment.

Wilson faced three batters, striking out one.

Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with what was officially termed right elbow ulnar nerve irritation, but at this point it seems to be more a case of lack of arm strength.

Instead of shutting Wilson down to let an irritated nerve heal, he's been sent out to pitch only five days after going on the disabled list.

Wilson's already condensed Spring Training was further compressed with he felt a twinge in his twice-repaired elbow March 10. He didn't pitch again until March 15, one day before the team left for Australia, where he pitched one scoreless inning.

He was placed on the disabled list after allowing three runs and failing to retire a batter in San Diego on Sunday.

Puig gets X-rays after hurting thumb on slide

SF@LAD: Puig hurts his hand sliding into first

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig, returned to the lineup after Friday's benching for arriving late, injured his left thumb in the third inning Saturday, but played the entire game. Afterward, he said he was awaiting results of X-rays.

Puig didn't deploy all of the landing gear on a head-first crash-landing to end an infield single in the third inning. He was later picked off by Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.

Puig had the thumb taped between innings and returned to finish the game, flying out twice in the later innings. After the game, it was neither taped nor splinted.

"I felt OK to play nine innings, that's what I wanted to do," Puig said. "I got treatment today and we'll see the results and how I feel and they'll check to see if I can play [Sunday]."

Manager Don Mattingly said Puig "hit the base good over there and he's a little sore. He told Stan [Conte, director of medical services] and got it taped and was good to go. We'll see what happens tomorrow."

Puig made a similar hard landing at first base last year and wrenched his left wrist, which he usually protects with a brace once he's on base.

Dodgers still hope Beckett can make start

LAD@CHC: Beckett exits with soreness in right thumb

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett, on the disabled list with a bruised hand, was still a possibility to start next week after injuring his ankle in a Friday night Minor League rehab start, manager Don Mattingly said Saturday.

However, Beckett did not play catch Saturday, which makes a bullpen session Sunday unlikely, which would make a start Wednesday against Detroit even less likely, considering he's had three injuries since last pitching in a Major League game.

The Dodgers were pointing Beckett toward Wednesday night's game in hopes of giving extra rest to Hyun-Jin Ryu, who made 69 pitches in his third start Friday. Thursday is a day off and, ideally, Ryu would be rested until Friday night.

If Beckett doesn't start Wednesday, the Dodgers would either give the ball again to Ryu on normal rest or call up a Minor Leaguer. Matt Magill started for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, so it would be his regular day to pitch.

"It's a little sore this morning," Mattingly said. "I think he's frustrated, honestly. He felt his stuff was good, his arm felt good. Right now, nothing's changed [about his chances to start]. The next couple of days will tell us."

Beckett bruised his right hand in Spring Training as he was coming back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery to remove a rib.

Lefties sit against tough Giants southpaw

SF@LAD: Gonzalez puts Dodgers on board with homer

LOS ANGELES -- The day after Yasiel Puig was benched for showing up late, Puig arrived early and was back in a Dodgers lineup Don Mattingly stacked with right-handed hitters to face Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.

Left-handed hitters Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Dee Gordon were replaced by Puig, Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner.

"Scott hasn't played in a while and we've got to get him in the mix," said Mattingly. "This guy [Bumgarner] is tough on lefties and righties, but he's not a fun at-bat for any lefty. Just trying to match up the best I can with our personnel and their personnel."

The lone left-handed-hitting position player in the Dodgers lineup was first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is 2-for-20 lifetime against Bumgarner. Ethier is 3-for-24, Crawford 0-for-3, Gordon 2-for-5, Puig 2-for-9 and Van Slyke 0-for-2.

Mattingly said he didn't encounter from Ethier or Crawford the disappointment Matt Kemp expressed when told Friday he was not in the original starting lineup, even though Kemp ultimately started because of Puig's benching.

Mattingly implied that the media is making more of the four-outfielder logjam than he believes is necessary.

"I kind of feel they both thought maybe they wouldn't be playing because of the matchup," Mattingly said of Ethier and Crawford. "We'll get into a stretch with no off-days when somebody needs a breather. I don't think it will be as complicated as it sounds."