Sounds like Mattingly is already tired of Puig's antics... just two games in. Fantastic.
SYDNEY -- The Los Angeles Dodgers won their first two games of the season, sweeping theArizona Diamondbacks in Australia, but there were signs of some discord before the team jetted back to Los Angeles.
Yasiel Puig struck out in the ninth inning of Sunday's 7-5 win and then did not return to right field in the bottom half of the inning. Before the game, Mattingly told reporters that Puig "grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses."
Asked what injury caused Puig to leave Sunday's game, Mattingly said, "I guess his back." He then seemed to react sarcastically when asked about the severity of the injury.
"Shoulder yesterday, back today, so I'm not sure if they're going to get him tests or get him to the MRI Monday or a bone scan on Tuesday, maybe," Mattingly said. "I'm not quite sure what we'll do. We may not do anything. I'm not sure."
Puig, who batted .122 in spring training, busted out of his slump by going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs Sunday, but he also made decisions that turned into two ridiculous outs on the bases. Puig dashed for second on his RBI single in the third inning. Dee Gordon was held at third base, and Puig was thrown out easily. When a ball trickled away from catcher Miguel Montero in the sixth, Puig broke for third and was out by 10 feet.
"It was a rough day," Mattingly said.
Mattingly better be careful with Puig because if he's already questioning the severity of his injuries, that could cause Puig to start disrespecting his manager if he is indeed hurt.
With the good, you also get the bad from Puig. We already know that. Mattingly himself is not the man to bring Puig down to earth, it has to be guys like Uribe and Gonzalez.
I'm more concerned with Puig's hitting than his antics to be honest, but hopefully he can be that x-factor for us this season. If Kemp returns healthy, that takes pressure off of Puig which is a good thing. He also needs to lose some weight, he is too damn big lol.