Yaisel Puig's spectacular start to his major league career has slowed down considerably in recent weeks.
It may have suffered its biggest speed bump Wednesday.
After a closed-door meeting with team brass, Puig is expected to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup Friday night as they host the San Diego Padres.
Manager Don Mattingly pulled Puig after four innings of Wednesday's 4-0 home win over the Chicago Cubs, replacing him with Skip Schumaker in right field. Puig didn't attempt to break up a first-inning double play with a slide at second and slammed his bat following a third-inning strikeout.
Mattingly, who along with general manager Ned Colletti met with Puig following the game, declined to elaborate on the reasoning for his decision.
"I felt I was going to get a better effort out of Skip," Mattingly said.
Puig, who was fined by Mattingly after arriving late for a game in Miami last week, is hitting .346 since debuting against scheduled starter Eric Stults (8-11, 3.72 ...