Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson said on Friday that he was “very excited” to watch outfield prospect Yasiel Puig.
Johnson was visiting the Dodgers’ spring-training complex for the first time this spring. Puig was scheduled to bat sixth and play right field in a game against the Cincinnati Reds later in the day.
But Johnson said he wouldn’t push for the 22-year-old Cuban to be included in the Dodgers’ opening-day roster. That decision, he said, would be left up to Manager Don Mattingly, President Stan Kasten and General Manager Ned Colletti.
“I don’t get into decisions that Don and Stan have to make,” Johnson said. “They know this game. We trust them and Ned. That’s totally their decision and we back them 150%. I think that when it comes to baseball decisions like this, they know the game quite well. If it’s going to be better off for the young man and the organization, that’s what we’re going to do.”