8/18/2013 1:48 P.M. ET
Mattingly: Learning curve still evident for Puig
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- For all of the remarkable accomplishments since Yasiel Puig arrived in the Major Leagues, there still are too many moments that try the patience of manager Don Mattingly, like when Puig was unnecessarily thrown out Saturday night going from second to third on a routine flyout and Hanley Ramirez on deck.
"These are the Spring Training stuff we talked about when you were asking why not bring him up," Mattingly said. "You want them to know the scoreboard, know the outs, who's coming up. These are mistakes you don't want to see. But you take the good with the bad."
There's been plenty of good, which is why the team started winning when Puig arrived and he immediately became an everyday player. But he hasn't immediately become a baseball-savvy everyday player.
"It happens more than it should," said Mattingly. "But you see it happen with their guy [Domonic Brown, who attempted and missed a diving catch on Friday]. We talk about when you try and when you don't.
"He's a good kid, too. He goes 0-for-4 and we win, he's as happy as anybody out there. All good traits. But there are things he's got to improve. But the guy loves to win, he loves playing and it's great to see it, a great trait. That's good energy."
Of course, Puig wasn't alone Saturday night. Veteran Ramirez was caught in a rundown when he broke too soon trying to steal third base in the ninth inning.
Wilson on track to be activated Monday or Tuesday
PHILADELPHIA -- Rehabbing reliever Brian Wilson's activation is likely to be on Monday or Tuesday, when the Dodgers are in Miami, general manager Ned Colletti said Sunday on MLB Network Radio.
"It's coming," manager Don Mattingly said. "Not much longer. It's still fluid. By the end of [Sunday], we'll have a better idea."
After strong outings by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in the first two games of the series with the Phillies, the Dodgers' bullpen is rested. Meanwhile, Wilson needed a few days to freshen up his surgically-repaired right arm after Friday's simulated game.
Along with wanting Wilson fresh when he is activated, the Dodgers haven't been in a hurry. The current bullpen has been lights-out, and Wilson's return necessitates a difficult roster move to make room for him. The likely move is optioning either Chris Withrow or Scott Van Slyke.
Wilson, who made four scoreless appearances while on a Minor League rehab assignment, will give the Dodgers three former All-Star closers to support current closer Kenley Jansen.
Wilson hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since April 2012, when he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery. He was non-tendered by the Giants last winter.
The Dodgers signed Wilson to join Ronald Belisario and Paco Rodriguez to pitch the seventh and eighth innings. Also in the bullpen is another pair of former All-Star closers -- Brandon League and Carlos Marmol -- along with J.P. Howell and Withrow.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.