Dodgers’ Puig held out of starting lineup at Miami
Yasiel Puig was held out of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting
lineup Tuesday night, and manager Don Mattingly described the
decision as a one-day move made because of the rookie’s slump.
Puig came in to play right field in a double switch in the sixth
inning and hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth to help the
Dodgers to a 6-4 win against the Miami Marlins.
The 22-year-old Cuban was late arriving at the ballpark for
pregame drills, but Mattingly said the decision to sit him had
already been made.
”Yasiel has been struggling,” Mattingly said. ”Actually the
whole front part of our lineup has been struggling. And it just
seemed like the right time.”
Before the homer, Puig was hitless in his past 11 at-bats and
batting .171 (6 for 35) over his past nine games, dropping his
average to .351.
Puig received a standard fine for his late arrival, Mattingly
said, and was summoned for a closed-door meeting with the
Puig has a home in Miami and said he encountered heavy traffic
during the drive to the ballpark.
”He left a little bit late,” Mattingly said.
Puig was replaced in right field by Skip Schumaker. It was the
fifth game Puig hasn’t started since his major league debut June
He has emerged as a top contender for NL Rookie of the Year
while leading the Dodgers’ surge to the top of the division. He
also has been criticized for poor throws from the outfield,
baserunning mistakes and a brazen demeanor.
Puig erupted angrily after being called out on strikes Monday
against the Marlins, arguing with the umpire and continuing his
tirade in the dugout.
”That’s just emotion,” Mattingly said. ”That’s just the way
he’s going to play. I don’t want to take that emotion from him. I
like the energy he plays with.”
However, Mattingly said Puig needs to convey his objections to
”They’re going to talk, and any call that’s close, he’s not
going to get,” Mattingly said. ”You want him to learn the umpire
language. There’s a way to talk to those guys and act around those
guys. That’s part of the maturing process for him too.
”All the things we see are part of the maturity of a guy coming
from a different country who is in the major leagues all of a
sudden and having huge success. And part of our job is to help him
mature and handle all that, and I don’t know if we can do that