Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, was pulled from last night’s 4-0 win versus the Chicago Cubs by manager Don Mattingly. The event took place in the fifth inning for disciplinary reasons.
According to Mattingly, the star rookie who is batting .346 was switched out with utility man Skip Schumaker because it gave the L.A. team “the best chance to win.”
YouWager experts learned that After the game, Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti in the manager’s office for about 30 minutes.
The 22 year-old layer said Mattingly explained his removal had to do with his defensive readiness. He added that he was ok with Mattingly’s decision.
The Dodgers were already playing a position player short since they are carrying 13 pitchers on their roster. After his removal, Puig retreated to the clubhouse, however he came back to the bench a few minutes later.
The week before, Puig violated a team rule by showing up late to the clubhouse and Mattingly fined him. He also benched Puig for one MLB game, even when Mattingly said it was not related to his late arrival.
According to Mattingly he expects Puig to return to the starting lineup Friday night versus the San Diego Padres.