8/23/2014 10:58 P.M. ET
Tired Puig gets a breather; Ethier takes center
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- After Friday night's 6-2 win over the Mets, a reporter asked Dodgers manager Don Mattingly if center fielder Yasiel Puig should get a rest.
"You think I should give him a day off tomorrow?" Mattingly responded, agitated.
"Yeah," the reporter said.
"All right, I"ll give him the day off tomorrow," Mattingly said. "He's off tomorrow."
One day later, Puig's name wasn't in the Dodgers' starting lineup, replaced by Andre Ethier in center field for Saturday's game against the Mets.
"Where's the guy?" Mattingly asked, jokingly, before the game. "He told me to give him a day off yesterday.
"We knew before the game yesterday. We talked. We knew [Puig] was getting beat up, wanted to see how he's doing. He said he's tired. Thought today was the right day. ... He'll play tomorrow and then another [team] off-day."
Puig went 0-for-4 Friday night against the Mets after going 0-for-3 the night before against the Padres. Overall, he's 12-for-45 in the 11 games since his last day off.
"He was just dragging," Mattingly said. "You don't see the same energy. A lot of times it's just the little things you see on the field -- body language, the at-bats get shorter."
Pederson is first 30/30 player in PCL in 80 years
LOS ANGELES -- With a stolen base on Saturday night, Dodgers' No. 3 prospect Joc Pederson did what no other player has done in the Pacific Coast League since 1934.
Already leading the league with 32 home runs, Pederson swiped his 30th base of the season to become the first 30-homer, 30-steal player in the PCL since Angels Minor Leaguer Frank Demaree did it 80 years ago.
Pederson came into the night batting .301/.432/.586 in 114 games with Triple-A Albuquerque and will soon join the Major League team once rosters expand in September.
However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that he's not expecting to throw Pederson into the fire when he comes up. Mattingly has already seen what Pederson is capable of. September will be more about acclimating him to the Major League game.
"We'll use him, but I'll use him like any other guy coming up in September," Mattingly said. "I don't really plan on throwing him out there or anything. I think it'll be a good experience. I think it'll be good for him."
Mattingly remembers when he first came up to the Major Leagues, joining the Yankees for a brief cup of coffee in September 1982. He only played in seven games, but it was just enough to give him a taste of MLB life, and it made it all the easier for him when he played 91 games the next season.
Mattingly said he expects the experience to be much the same Pederson.
"Coming up, seeing pitching, I got 12 at-bats over a month, but it was a huge step for me because it let me know that I could play there," Mattingly said. "It lets you know where you put your luggage. Seriously, it's the little stuff. It gets a lot of little stuff out of the way. It's like coming to Spring Training the first time."
• With Saturday night's crowd of 51,215 -- which included about 600 dogs on Pups in the Park night -- the Dodgers became the first team in the Majors to surpass 3 million in attendance. It marked the 28th time the team has reached that milestone.
• Right-hander Josh Beckett, on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with a left hip impingement, threw from a seated position Saturday, but Mattingly said he's still unsure Beckett will have enough time to return this season.
"I asked him if he threw," Mattingly said. "He said, 'If you can call it that.'"
• Mattingly said as long as shortstop Hanley Ramirez (right oblique) is feeling good, he'll be activated from the DL on Sunday. Ramirez has been out since Aug. 9.
"If he's good to go, I'm playing him," Mattingly said.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.