ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was removed in the eighth inning of Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Cardinals with a sore left hand after he was hit by a pitch in the third, but X-rays came back negative showing no break.
Puig remained in the game after Cardinals starter Joe Kelly hit his left hand with an 84-mph changeup. The All-Star outfielder popped out in foul territory in the sixth and remained in the field through the seventh before Matt Kemp pinch-hit for him in the eighth.
"As the game went on, he got tight," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We knew he wasn't going to hit an inning before, but we knew he could play defense."
Puig's left hand was swollen following the game, but the negative X-ray was positive news for the Dodgers. Los Angeles has combined for only 12 runs in the last 69 innings, and losing Puig wouldn't help.
Puig has started 89 of the Dodgers' 99 games this season and is hitting .308 with 107 hits and 52 RBIs.
There was no information available as to how much time Puig could miss.
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.