Dodgers pull Yasiel Puig early at 'manager's discretion'
Dodger's phenom Yasiel Puig was removed in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Cubs for what appear to be disciplinary reasons.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly removed Puig and inserted utility man Skip Schumaker in the fifth inning. The Dodgers announced the move was made at the "manager's discretion" and that Puig was not injured.
Austin Laymance of MLB.com reports:
Manager Don Mattingly already had a short bench, with 12 position players and 13 pitchers on the active roster. Puig made a pair of nonchalant catches in the outfield in the top of the fourth inning and did not return for the fifth. He also did not slide into second base in the first inning on Carl Crawford's double-play grounder.
Puig was fined last week in Miami for showing up late to the clubhouse. Mattingly also benched Puig for one game for matters unrelated to his tardiness.