Yasiel Puig

Don Mattingly had a chat with Yasiel Puig about being a part-time player

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Yasiel Puig has not started three of the Dodgers’ last seven games, all against righties, as Don Mattingly has tried to work Carl Crawford back into the outfield rotation. Puig sitting in such situations is not something anyone would’ve predicted before the season — he seemed like the one true lock in the outfield — but a year of injury and frequent ineffectiveness has made that the right move, to be honest.

Mark Saxon of ESPN reports that Mattingly had a sit-down with Puig about it before yesterday’s game, and that it actually went OK:

“I just let him know that he’s not just going to automatically be out of there against righties. He’s going to be in there, it’s just occasional days off,” Mattingly said. “I know a couple have come here recently as we want to mix Carl back in.

“He seemed to be OK with it. He didn’t look like he was ready to hit me or anything,” Mattingly joked.

Man, that Puig. Not showing any fire when told that he’s not gonna play every day. A real scrappy professional would’ve been ready to hit his manager in that situation.

In all seriousness, though, Puig could use the time off. Look at this bat flip:

Need to get back on track before he completely forgets how to flip ’em.