The Dodgers would prefer he remains on the field.
After putting a pair of disciplinary issues behind him, Puig looks to continue pounding on the San Diego Padres in the middle game of this series Saturday night.
Puig is a leading contender for the NL Rookie of the Year award and a sensation for the Dodgers (79-55), who are 10 1/2 games ahead of second-place Arizona. His .354 average, 13 homers, 31 RBIs and 53 runs are key reasons Los Angeles is all but assured of returning to the postseason for the first time in four years.
Despite his tremendous production, the right fielder has recently found himself in the center of controversy. Puig was benched after four innings of Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs , failing to break up a double play with a slide and slamming down his bat after striking out.
Those on-field incidents came a week after he was fined for arriving late to a game.
Puig moved past those issues Friday, collecting a double among his four hits and stealing two bases to power a 9-2 win over San Diego. He's 9 for 16 with two doubles, one homer and two RBIs over his last four games, and that production may only continue versus the Padres (60-74).
"He played the game the way we want," manager Don Mattingly said. "The other day is over and he played well tonight. We've talked about it, and it's over. It's not something that continues on. It's been handled and we're moving forward. He understands where we're coming from."I like Yasiel. He's a good player, he's a good kid, and I think he's going to help us win. So I want him in there."
Puig has a .394 average with three homers and seven RBIs over eight meetings.
Adrian Gonzalez , a member of the Padres from 2006-10, has also tormented his former team, hitting .354 with six homers and 18 RBIs over the last 20 games. That includes a .405 average while plating 10 runs in 10 matchups at Chavez Ravine.
The first baseman drove in four Friday while hitting two homers.
Production at the plate may be important since Chris Capuano (4-7, 4.74) takes the mound. He's 0-1 with a 6.98 ERA while failing to reach the sixth inning in each of his last four starts.
The veteran left-hander was pulled after the fifth again Sunday, giving up three runs and six hits in an 8-1 loss to Boston.
Capuano is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA in four games - two starts - versus the Padres this year. However, he was sharp against them June 23, throwing five scoreless innings while not getting a decision in a 3-1 road win.
The Padres, losers of six of eight, give the ball to Andrew Cashner (8-8, 3.55), who could use some help if he's going to avoid a fourth straight loss.
The right-hander has been backed by three total runs over his last four starts, a big reason he's 0-3 despite a 2.42 ERA in that span.
The offense didn't give him any support Sunday while he yielded two hits in seven scoreless innings of a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs .
Cashner experienced a similar scenario in his only career start against Capuano on June 23, giving up one run in eight innings while also not getting a decision.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||3||.333||1||0||0||0||0||.333||.666||.333|
|San Diego Padres|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Quentin||15-Day DL||Right knee strain|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||60-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|August 04, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Jammed right shoulder|
|August 03, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|July 30, 2013||Brian Wilson||15-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|July 30, 2013||Brian Wilson||15-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|July 23, 2013||Jose Dominguez||15-Day DL||Left quad strain|
|July 22, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Just as the Dodgers were wrapping up their most successful month since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, the NL West leaders acquired infielder Michael Young from Philadelphia to bolster a potential playoff run.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a tying single in the seventh inning and pinch-hitter Mark Ellis singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
The Dodgers also received cash from the Phillies in exchange for minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen. Young waived his no-trade clause in a deal that was completed 10-15 minutes before the 9 p.m. PDT deadline to make him eligible for the playoffs with the Dodgers, according to general manager Ned Colletti.
"Someone that brings obviously World Series experience, one of the classier people in the game, a winner," Colletti said. "He can play first or third, can come off the bench. Someone we feel has a lot left."
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said Young could spell Juan Uribe at third base or Gonzalez at first.
"We like the guys that we have, but Michael just adds to it," he said.
Mattingly spoke to Uribe about the deal.
"I don't feel bad," he said. "I don't feel mad. I'm good. He's a good player. He can help the team, too."
Young batted .276 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 126 games with the Phillies this season, including seven hits in his last 10 at-bats before the trade. He has made 101 starts at third base and 17 at first.
The 36-year-old veteran is a .300 career hitter with 185 homers and 1,026 RBIs.
"He makes us stronger," Mattingly said.
Young was acquired by the Phillies last December from Texas. He is from nearby Covina.
The Rangers paid a portion of Young's salary to Philadelphia, which is passing it on to the Dodgers, Colletti said.
The rest of Young's new teammates were enthusiastic about his impending arrival.
"One of the better human beings around, not just baseball players," said Skip Schumaker , who attended UC Santa Barbara after Young did and knows him from alumni games. "He's going to fit right in. Anybody in the big leagues would love to have him."
Gonzalez and Young were teammates in Texas.
"Another guy who knows how to play the game, a great guy in the clubhouse," Gonzalez said. "He knows how to prepare and be ready for at-bats."
The Dodgers ended August with a 23-6 record, their most wins in a month since 1958. The club record of 25 was set in July 1947 and equaled in August 1953, when the team played in Brooklyn.
"We've stayed healthy and our bullpen has done very well," Gonzalez said. "You can't win without pitching. Days like today, we won with our pitching and defense."
Brian Wilson (1-0) came on in relief to earn the victory - his first since joining the Dodgers last week. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances.
Nick Vincent (3-2) took the loss, allowing two hits on nine pitches in the eighth after relieving starter Andrew Cashner .
Dodgers starter Chris Capuano allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one.
"There were a number of 3-2 and 2-0 changeups, and when a pitcher does that and throws it in the strike zone, it's pretty tough," Padres manager Bud Black said. "And he had enough velocity to keep us honest. We got some hits off him, but we just couldn't string them together and get the big blow."
Schumaker led off the eighth with a double and was sacrificed to third by Tim Federowicz . Schumaker scored on Ellis' single to center, one of the Dodgers' 13 hits, equaling their amount in Friday's series-opening win.
The Dodgers tied it at 1 on Gonzalez's RBI single with one out in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston Jr. and Carl Crawford opened the inning with singles.
Cashner intentionally walked Andre Ethier to load the bases before Uribe grounded out to end the inning.
Ronny Cedeno homered with two outs in the fourth for the Padres.
Cashner gave up one run and 10 hits while striking out seven and walking three. The Padres, who had 10 hits, have lost seven of nine.
NOTES: The Dodgers transferred injured pitcher Josh Beckett to the 60-day DL to make room for Young. ... Dodgers OF Matt Kemp was set to be the DH again at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday and Sunday. Kemp has been on the DL since July 24 with a sprained left ankle. "His timing doesn't sound very good yet," Mattingly said. "It's hard to jump in at 94-95 (mph) when you haven't seen it in a while. Matt wants to be swinging the ball good when he comes back." ... The Padres activated OF Kyle Blanks from the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Anthony Bass to Triple-A Tucson. Blanks was 1 for 11 with a run scored and a walk in four rehab games. ... Padres 3B Chase Headley , who left Friday's game in the fifth inning with back stiffness, didn't show much improvement overnight so he didn't play.