Puig deals with gaffes on bases, sore back

Puig deals with gaffes on bases, sore back

SYDNEY -- Yasiel Puig departed Saturday night's game with a sore back after striking out in the ninth.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Puig might have an MRI when the team arrives back in Los Angeles.

"I don't know. He came out of the game, told [trainer Stan Conte] something's hurt," Mattingly said. "He plays hard, gets hurt but bounces back. We'll see how he is."

The injury came at the end of an interesting day at the plate and on the basepaths. Puig drove in two runs and probably ran out of two of them on Sunday in the Dodgers' Opening Series finale against the D-backs at Sydney Cricket Ground.

After Dee Gordon doubled Hyun-Jin Ryu to third with no outs in the third inning, Puig singled sharply to left field as Ryu scored, but Mark Trumbo's throw into the infield was cut off and Gordon held third base.

Puig, however, rounded first and headed to second, triggering a 7-5-4-3-5-4 rundown, which Gordon compounded by not breaking for the plate. After Hanley Ramirez's walk, Gordon scored on Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Andre Ethier, who had a baserunning gaffe of his own in the first inning trying to stretch an RBI single into a double, singled Ramirez to third on what may have scored a run had Puig still been on base.

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