Yasiel Puig to begin serving two-game suspension

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The Dodgers announced that outfielder Yasiel Puig will begin serving his two-game suspension beginning on Tuesday night. Puig was fined and suspended two games for his involvement in an altercation with Giants catcher Nick Hundley that caused both teams’ benches and bullpens to clear back on August 14. Puig appealed his suspension but the appeal was denied by Major League Baseball.

Puig, 27, hasn’t been hitting much in the time since the incident, batting .190 with hardly any power across 45 plate appearances. So the brief time off could be a welcome respite. Overall, Puig is batting .259/.318/.451 with 15 home runs, 47 RBI, 48 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 377 plate appearances this season.

Puig will miss the remaining two games in the Dodgers’ series against the Mets. The Dodgers are off on Thursday, then begin a 10-game road trip with three games against the Rockies.

Matt Kemp is in right field in Puig’s place on Tuesday night.