Dodgers' manager Mattingly says issues with Puig not 'on-going'

Published Jul. 2, 2015 3:27 p.m. ET

In Molly Knight’s new book, it was revealed that right fielder Yasiel Puig had engaged in some troublesome behavior that put him at odds with various teammates. In a recent interview Dodgers manager Don Mattingly did not deny that the team had had issues with Puig’s behavior, but he downplayed the severity. According to ESPN’s Mark Saxon, Mattingly said:

“I saw on [MLB Network] them talking about it like it was an on-going thing. It’s not an on-going thing. The clubhouse is solid.”

It’s true the incidents mentioned in the book happened in previous seasons, but of course it’s not surprising that Mattingly would try to downplay them. It’s been noted that Puig is showing more signs of maturity this season including eliminating his tardiness. Puig also said that he would try to eliminate his signature bat flips.

(h/t ESPN)

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