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.”
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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