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Don Mattingly pulls Yasiel Puig for not being ready on defense

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Yasiel Puig may yet again be the source of controversy. (USATSI)
Yasiel Puig may yet again be the source of controversy. (USATSI)

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After the fourth inning of Wednesday's Cubs-Dodgers game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pulled rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig from the game.

As MLB.com's Austin Laymance notes, Puig wasn't injured, and the Dodgers were already working with a short bench. The working assumption, at the time, was that it was a disciplinary move on the part of Mattingly.

On that front, more from Laymance:

Puig made a pair of nonchalant catches in the outfield in the top of the fourth inning and did not return for the fifth. He also did not slide into second base in the first inning on Carl Crawford's double-play grounder.

Sure enough, we found this out after the game from Puig himself:

Puig, of course, has been the source of some controversy this season, what with his bravado, somewhat hyperactive style of play and occasional deviation from the fundamentals. On the other hand, Puig is batting .346/.406/.557 in 2013. The challenge for Mattingly, then, has been balancing "teachable moments" with the broader interests of a contending team.

 
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