4/20/2013 7:48 P.M. ET
Puig lands on DL with sprained left thumb
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Dodgers top prospect Yasiel Puig was placed on the seven-day disabled list Saturday with a sprained left thumb.
The Cuban outfielder, signed last year to a $42 million contract, is hitting .333 with three doubles, a triple, three homers and nine RBIs in 13 games for Double-A Chattanooga.
Manager Don Mattingly said Friday, before the injury, that the club would have considered calling Puig up to serve as designated hitter for Interleague Play if the Dodgers played in another American League park after their weekend series in Baltimore.
Punto tweets congratulations to Boston's police
BALTIMORE -- Shortly after Friday night's Dodgers-Orioles game was rained out, this tweet came out of the visiting clubhouse.
"#bostonpd you guys are unreal! Awesome job!"
The tweet came from @Shredderpunto, the handle for Dodgers utility man Nick Punto, who spent only half of last season with the Red Sox, but that was enough.
#bostonpd you guys are unreal! Awesome job!- Nick Punto (@Shredderpunto) April 20, 2013
"At Fenway Park, there [are so many] Boston Police Department officers patrolling the area, you got to know some of the guys," said Punto. "There was always one in the dugout. So to me, what happened in Boston, I took [it] kind of personally, and I sent that to the guys I know."
Friday night's 90-minute rain delay coincided with the capture of the fugitive suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Punto watched the riveting coverage on the clubhouse television.
"This has been a tough time for that city," Punto said of Boston. "It was just nice to see it all come to an end -- and capturing the guy for the good of Boston. It was captivating. We had it on in the clubhouse all day. It's been really sad, but that's a tough town. It was pretty amazing that the police and FBI were able to catch the guy. Very impressive."
Mattingly ponders 26-man roster rule
BALTIMORE -- The Collective Bargaining Agreement rule that allows clubs a 26-man roster for day-night doubleheaders only applies if the twin bill is scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.
So, it would not apply on Saturday, with the Dodgers and Orioles set to play two after Friday night's rainout.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday he didn't know why the rule change was designed that way. He came up with a hypothetical situation where it would have been handy.
"Say [Hyun-Jin] Ryu had pitched three innings last night, and [the game] gets called," Mattingly said. "So he couldn't pitch today, and I've got to find another starter and play two games. Today is when you could really use another arm."
Mattingly suspected the rule excluded makeups like the current one because it might give an advantage to the home club, which could recall a Minor Leaguer faster than the visiting team. It would have been virtually impossible for the Dodgers to get a player from Triple-A Albuquerque to Baltimore in time for Saturday's Game 1.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.