Yasiel Puig takes batting practice, possibly available to pinch hit.

Yasiel Puig took live batting practice on the field prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Detroit Tigers and could be available to pinch hit tonight. Puig hasn’t played since injuring a ligament in his left thumb sliding into first base Saturday.

Manager Don Mattingly said that Puig hit in the Dodgers’ underground batting cage Tuesday, during the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Tigers. However, Puig was only available to play in “emergency” situations.

“He’s improved today,” Mattingly said. “I’m hoping he’s going to hit on the field. He hit underneath last night and felt pretty good. We’ll see where he’s at. Feel like we’re going to have him for more tonight than last night.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.