4/7/2014 12:11 A.M. ET
Puig day to day with strained thumb ligament
By Ken Gurnick and Earl Bloom / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig was not in the lineup on Sunday night, instead he was getting an MRI on his injured left thumb after X-rays came up negative.
"It's a strain of that thumb ligament," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly following his team's 6-2 win over the Giants. "We'll know a lot more [Monday] as the strength comes back in there."
Mattingly said that at this time, he did not think a DL stint was imminent.
"Talking today with [Stan Conte, VP of medical services], [the DL] never came up," said Mattingly. "I've got a feeling it's more of a day-to-day thing."
With Monday's off-day, Puig will have nearly three full days off before potentially facing the Tigers on Tuesday night.
Billingsley exits rehab start; checks out OK
Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley, who missed most of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, had to come out of a Sunday rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga in his second inning.
"His first inning was really good," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He felt a little sensation [in his elbow] in the second inning. As a precaution, they got him out of there."
Billingsley returned to Dodger Stadium, where he was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache while the Dodgers were playing the Giants.
"We were concerned, but we got good news during the game," Mattingly said. "Doc looked at it, and felt good about it."
The Rancho Cucamonga start was one of five planned in Billingsley's road back to the big leagues. It's not known how this setback will alter that plan.
Billingsley was not available for comment after the Major League game. He retired San Jose on eight pitches in the first inning, but had to come out three batters into the second after throwing 18 pitches in 1 1/3 innings. Billingsley was scheduled to throw two innings or 25 pitches.
Dodgers get Hynes from Indians, designate Baxter
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers acquired left-hander Colt Hynes from the Indians on Sunday for right-hander Duke von Schamann, and designated outfielder Mike Baxter for assignment.
Baxter, who opened the season with the Dodgers, had been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday to make room for the activation of outfielder Matt Kemp.
The Dodgers added the 28-year-old Hynes to the 40-man roster and assigned him to Albuquerque.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he saw Hynes a little bit last season with the Padres.
"I looked at him at little bit on tape this morning to remind myself about him," Mattingly said before Sunday's game against the Giants, adding that Hynes would likely be used as a reliever. "He's going to go to Albuquerque and he's on the 40-man, so he's a guy we can use."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.