Yasiel Puig a starting outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers was benched on Tuesday during the Dodger’s 8-2 win at home over the Cincinnati Reds. The win was the third straight for Los Angeles keeping them 4 ½ games behind first place San Francisco.
The benching came after Puig did not run hard from the batter’s box on a deep fly ball to right that bounced off the wall.
Dave Roberts the manager of the Dodgers said Puig should have at least reached second base on the hit. Following the game, Roberts said the team talked about playing the game the correct way.
Puig apologized for the incident when he was asked about the play. He said he agreed with the decision by Roberts to take him out of the game.
Puig said he thought he had hit a home run and then he did not run out the ball. It was the decision of Dave to remove from the game and a decision that was the correct one because everyone on the team is working hard and he should have run the ball out.
Puig, who is 25, had a great deal to prove staring this season after his production offensively declined in both of the last two seasons.
He has had involvement in many bizarre incidents that took place both on the playing field and off it.
The young Cuban outfielder has done very little to keep his place in a crowded Dodgers outfield thus far early in the season.
He entered May with a batting average of .250 and has not moved above the mark since then. His play has puzzled many and that continued when he walked slowly to first during his long fly ball in the sixth.
However, moments later Puig showed some of his athletic ability by scoring on a groundball from second base that went off first baseman Joey Votto’s glove.
He slid into home place headfirst to beat the tag, but his hand hit a bat that was left at home just prior to touching home.
On the way to his dugout, Puig showed signs of discomfort and was engaged immediately by Roberts during a lengthy conversation in the dugout prior to Puig being replaced the next inning.
During the Dodgers win in 17 innings on Sunday, Puig did not try to take third during the ninth inning on a bunt that had been well placed by A.J. Ellis, who looked bewildered by Puig not taking third base.