Yasiel Puig pulled from the Dodgers game for possible disciplinary reasons

8/28/13 in MLB   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Aug 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) takes off for second base in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsManager Don Mattingly chose to pull Yasiel Puig during the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs in the fifth inning.

He’d made a bad decision regarding a possible double play, but says he is fine with the decision.

Puig said Mattingly pulled him because he wasn't ready on defense for every pitch. Puig said he understood Mattingly's decision.

— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 28, 2013


Chalk it up to an off-game for him, but the bad news for Puig is that the Dodgers outfield can’t have bad games.

Once Matt Kemp returns, there will be a battle to see who will play, and he’s expected to start his rehab assignment tomorrow.

However, as long as Puig keeps hitting, they can't afford to sacrifice his bat.

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8/29/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25320 respect

Count me on the side of having actually watched this guy play who think the Dodgers are risking more not playing him than playing him. There have been a lot of fuddy duddy articles written about this, but I don't buy into speculation of what could happen. Let the kid figure stuff out as he goes, he's got more raw talent than any player on that roster and it's not 1950

8/29/13   |   Scott   |   53716 respect

Puig's inability to play fundamental baseball is more then just having an "off game".  The Dodgers can't afford this kid to be making such mistakes in October.  It is better to recognize the situation now, sit him down and try to nip it in the bud before it's too late and he costs the Dodgers a playoff game with his inability to throw to the wrong base, miss the cut off man, get picked off or just plain not be ready defensively on every pitch