Yasiel Puig fined Tuesday for arriving late to Marlins Park

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We can just go ahead and do this in tweet form. Here’s Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times:

About 30 minutes later came news of the fine, from beat writer Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

Puig is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Marlins, but that was announced before the late arrival and has more to do with Puig’s recent struggles at the plate than anything else.

The 22-year-old Cuban is batting .171/.231/.257 with 10 strikeouts over his last 39 plate appearances.

Dominic Smith likely to start the season at Triple-A

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Following the Mets’ recent signing of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that fellow first baseman Dominic Smith is likely to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. That is contingent, of course, on the veteran Gonzalez’s ability to remain healthy, which isn’t a guarantee.

Smith, 22, struggled last season, batting .198/.262/.395 in 183 plate appearances. The Mets have also expressed concern about Smith’s conditioning. Puma reported in November that as a result of better dietary choices and a daily exercise regimen, Smith had already lost 11-12 pounds.

Gonzalez, 35, didn’t exactly have a stellar 2017 campaign. Along with battling back issues, Gonzalez hit .242/.287/.355 in 252 PA. That the Mets’ Plan A is to go with Gonzalez over Smith says something about their confidence in Smith.