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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.

Sean Doolittle to miss more time with stress reaction in bridge of left foot

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle will miss more time than expected as he is dealing with a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Doolittle started feeling soreness in his left foot two weeks ago and went on the 10-day disabled list on July 10, retroactive to the 7th.

According to Zuckerman, Doolittle’s injury is similar to a bone bruise. The lefty will stop his rehab program and will likely miss several more weeks than expected. The injury caused Doolittle to not participate in the All-Star Game, but his hope was to return shortly after the second half began.

Doolittle, 31, has 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA with a 49/3 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings for the Nationals this season. Kelvin Herrera will likely get the lion’s share of save chances while Doolittle is out.