Yasiel Puig is in Dave Roberts’ doghouse once again

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Yasiel Puig sat out of yesterday’s Dodgers victory over the Giants. Most people assumed it was to rest an ankle Puig said was gimpy after Saturday night’s game. Turns out not to be the case. Dave Roberts benched him, upset that he didn’t slide into second base on the caught-stealing that ended Saturday night’s game. A non-slide Puig said was due to feeling pain in his ankle.

J.P. Hoornstra’s story at the OC Register from yesterday, however, reveals that this is really about Roberts being displeased with Puig’s effort. Which is something of a surprise, as this season has featured an allegedly reformed Yasiel Puig. He’s stayed in the lineup, worked hard on defense, has avoided his usual number of boneheaded mistakes and has not appeared to raise the ire of his teammates as he has in year’s past.

As Hoornstra’s story makes clear, though, it has not been quite as smooth as portrayed, with Roberts saying “[t]here’s been some things that, when you look back, I’ve kept notes of . . . You have to have trust in all your players.”

The playoffs start for the Dodgers in a little over a week. Not the time of year that you’d want, or expect, there to be clubhouse discord. Whether this is a two-day nothingburger or something that lasts a bit longer remains to be seen.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.