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Puig returns to field; Mattingly downplays weight

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig returned to the field Saturday after missing two days of workouts with a bruised leg, which somehow got the media to asking Dodgers manager Don Mattingly about his right fielder's weight.

Mattingly said Puig reported to camp around 245 pounds, or 20 pounds heavier than he ended last season, but the manager said he wasn't overly worried, sort of.

"Honestly, I'm not that concerned," said Mattingly. "I've been in a lot of camps, you watch everybody. He ended up at 225 and maybe that was too light. Anything with Yasiel is a big deal. We understand that. I don't think there's a huge alarm going off. You just pay attention."

Mattingly said he still intends to bat Puig leadoff most of the time because "he's dynamic, and quite honestly, he hasn't proven himself to be an RBI guy. You need to be calm in those situations to hit in the middle. You watch Adrian [Gonzalez] and Hanley [Ramirez], they're calm and that's probably experience. Up top, he'll get more at-bats. I think he likes batting there."

Mattingly said he also plans to play Puig and Andre Ethier in more positions than just right field and center field, respectively. Ethier figures to be the primary center fielder for as long as Matt Kemp is sidelined.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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