Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm calls in to Hot Stove

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers left-hander Paul Maholm threw a bullpen session on Saturday and said he had no further elbow discomfort.

Maholm said he was able to throw a normal session with all of his pitches. He hadn't thrown off a mound for almost a week and is the only Dodgers starting pitcher that has not thrown live batting practice. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke have thrown to hitters twice this spring.

"Obviously, we'll see how tomorrow goes, but I don't see any reason to think it wouldn't be fine," said Maholm.

Because of the truncated exhibition schedule this year, injured players have less time to recover from minor Spring Training injuries and still be on the March 16 flight to Australia for the season-opening series against Arizona.

Maholm was signed as a backup fifth starter if Josh Beckett, coming off surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, is not ready. Beckett is actually ahead of Maholm, having faced hitters, although it's possible neither will be needed for the two games in Australia.

Puig returns to field; Mattingly downplays weight

Mattingly on Puig as leadoff hitter, outfield depth

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasiel Puig returned to the field Saturday after missing two days of workouts with a bruised leg, which somehow got the media to asking Dodgers manager Don Mattingly about his right fielder's weight.

Mattingly said Puig reported to camp around 245 pounds, or 20 pounds heavier than he ended last season, but the manager said he wasn't overly worried, sort of.

"Honestly, I'm not that concerned," said Mattingly. "I've been in a lot of camps, you watch everybody. He ended up at 225 and maybe that was too light. Anything with Yasiel is a big deal. We understand that. I don't think there's a huge alarm going off. You just pay attention."

Mattingly said he still intends to bat Puig leadoff most of the time because "he's dynamic, and quite honestly, he hasn't proven himself to be an RBI guy. You need to be calm in those situations to hit in the middle. You watch Adrian [Gonzalez] and Hanley [Ramirez], they're calm and that's probably experience. Up top, he'll get more at-bats. I think he likes batting there."

Mattingly said he also plans to play Puig and Andre Ethier in more positions than just right field and center field, respectively. Ethier figures to be the primary center fielder for as long as Matt Kemp is sidelined.

Koufax returns to spot where he was hit by liner

Sandy Koufax said his cap might have prevented a more serious injury.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Sandy Koufax isn't gun-shy.

One day after being struck on the forehead by a batting-practice line drive while he watched a bullpen session, Koufax was back in the very same spot watching Zack Greinke warm up.

Koufax said he would pay a little closer attention to the hitters. Just in case, this time the Dodgers stationed bullpen catcher Rob Flippo a few yards in front of the legendary Hall of Famer.

Koufax said the Dodgers cap he was wearing took some of the impact and might have prevented a more serious injury.

The inside rim of the cap was blood stained from the cut on his forehead, which took on the discolored look of a bad bruise.

Manager Don Mattingly said Koufax planned to leave camp Sunday.