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Friday, February 21, 2014
Yasiel Puig's sore thigh holds him out again

By Mark Saxon

Yasiel Puig spent his morning heaving a 30-pound medicine ball against a concrete wall. Over, and over, and over.

Puig's baseball work was curtailed for a second day Friday morning due to inflammation above his right knee. He is expected back on the field soon, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, but even small injuries are worth monitoring this spring with the short schedule.

The Dodgers board a plane for Australia, where they open their season -- three weeks from Sunday.

Pitcher Paul Maholm, who has had a sore left elbow, is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Saturday. The Dodgers signed Maholm shortly after they arrived in Arizona as insurance in case Josh Beckett re-injures his surgically repaired right shoulder.