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During yesterday's game, Yasiel Puig was pulled in the fifth inning by manager Don Mattingly. There was some initial concern that he may have been hurt, but that was not the case. Instead, Puig was benched for disciplinary reasons.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Mattingly benched Puig for "effort," but neither he nor anyone else on the team would elaborate. Ricky Nolasco, who threw a wonderful game for the Dodgers, said Puig's actions were "unacceptable." But again, there was no elaboration. For Puig's part, he said he would make sure he was giving 100 percent going forward.
"I felt the meeting went well," Puig said through an interpreter. "We talked about what I and every player needs to do to prepare for every pitch. I thought it was a good meeting. If I'm in the lineup on Friday, I will make sure to give 100 percent. If not, I will prepare to make sure I'm ready when my turn comes."
There has been a lot made over Puig's effort at times throughout the season. In fact, it had gotten to a point where the theme prior to Dodgers games was a debate about whether or not Puig should be benched. He's been benched now, debate over. Let's see how he responds.
Puig has proven himself as a fantastic hitter. The small sample size is not so small anymore. He has 321 plate appearances this season, and he is still hitting .347/.405/.559. He has 13 home runs, and he's drive in 30. Puig looks like he will be continuing his phenomenal hitting for years to come, but he will also have to show he's dedicated to every aspect of the game. That may come with time.
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