LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig made a surprise appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

Out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game due to a sprained ligament in his left thumb, Puig was used as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 7-6, 10-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Puig struck out on three pitches, his first at-bat since Saturday.

The second-year outfielder was fitted with a splint -- similar to the one Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez wore after returning from a torn ligament in his thumb last spring -- that helped him grip a bat.

"It's a bit uncomfortable, but I will adapt," Puig said through an interpreter.

He took swings in the batting cage Tuesday under the stands at Dodger Stadium in case he was needed as a pinch hitter. On Wednesday, he took batting practice on the field with the team.

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