Yasiel Puig benched after watching home run turn into single
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was benched in Tuesday night's win over the Cincinnati Reds after watching what he thought was a home run turn into a single.
“I thought it was a home run, and then I didn't run out the ball, obviously,” Puig told reporters through an interpreter after the game. “It was [Roberts'] decision to take me out of the game. It was a decision well made, because all my teammates are out on the field working hard, and I should have run out that ball.”
Manager Dave Roberts made the decision as he emphasized “playing the game the right way.” Puig apologized to Roberts.
In Sunday's 17-inning marathon against the San Diego Padres, Puig did not attempt to advance to third base in the ninth inning as A.J. Ellis laid down a solid bunt.
Puig, 25, is hitting .247 with five home runs and 19 RBIs on the season.