Yasiel Puig’s issues with tardiness are well-chronicled on HBT and he showed up late to Dodger Stadium again on Wednesday. But there was a good reason for that, via J.P. Hoonstra of the L.A. Daily News …
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was the last position player on the field Wednesday, arriving a few minutes after his teammates for the pregame routine.
That is nothing new; today’s tardy, however, was excused. Puig informed team officials in advance that he would be late because he had to take his mother to a hospital.
Puig has been bumped to the leadoff spot for Wednesday night’s series finale against the Padres after hitting seventh on Tuesday and sixth Monday. He has a rough .210 batting average and .539 OPS since August 1.
“It’s time to get him going,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said in his pregame chat with reporters on Wednesday. “The biggest thing is that we need him. Everything we’ve tried to so so far has been trying to get him going, trying to take pressure off him in different spots. When he’s going good were a better team.”