"Puig Fever" has broken.

The Dodgers decided spring sensation Yasiel Puig is not ready for prime time quite yet. The 22-year-old Cuban outfielder was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday despite a .526 spring average that ranks first in the majors (Cactus or Grapefruit League).

Shortstop Dee Gordon was also optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, trimming the Dodgers' roster to 36 one day before they will break camp in Arizona.

"I told him he had a great camp. I told him he didn't do anything wrong," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's organizationally what we think is best for him now and for the long term. We think this guy's got a chance to be a really, really good player. He's done nothing wrong in camp but there are areas that need improving."

Mattingly compared Puig to a Ferrari that just needs some final detailing.

"The motor's there. The wheels are there. The body's there," he said. "Everything's there. They just haven't painted it yet. You leave it out in the sun without any paint and it's going to get exposed."

Puig's longshot chances of making the Dodgers' season-opening roster hinged on Carl Crawford's recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Crawford made his debut on defense Saturday and has played left field every day since, allaying concerns that he might not be ready when the Dodgers open Monday against the San Francisco Giants.

Signed to a seven-year, $42 million deal last summer after defecting from Cuba, Puig has fewer than 175 plate appearances as a professional at the Rookie or Class-A level and winter ball in Puerto Rico (considered comparable to Class-A). But he drew comparisons to Bo Jackson this spring for his NFL-caliber physique and combination of speed and power. Trying to temper the enthusiasm and hype generated by Puig's breakout spring, Mattingly repeatedly emphasized how "raw" he was compared to major league readiness.

"You really want this guy as ready as totally possible when he walks in the door at Dodger Stadium," Mattingly said Tuesday. "You don't want him to ever have to go back down. It's not like we're sending him to Siberia either. You're really a phone call away at any moment. ... It's not like we're sending him somewhere we can't find him."