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Whether Puig plays well enough to stick around or this becomes nothing more than a brief taste of the majors remains to be seen. The Dodgers will be looking for evidence of maturity on the part of Puig, who was arrested in April for driving 97 mph in a 50-mph zone in Chattanooga, Tenn.

“They’ve had plenty of people talk to him about it,” Mattingly said.

Mattingly wonders how Puig will react if he struggles against big league pitching.

“The difference between the minors and majors is adjustments,” Mattingly said. “The guys who can make them seem to stick.”

Mattingly mentioned Puig’s confidence as one of his attributes, and the center fielder had it on display.

“Finally made it to the major leagues,” he said. “I know I can help the team play.”