Jonathan Papelbon on Yasiel Puig's possible All-Star inclusion: 'It's an absolute joke'

Wednesday July 3rd, 2013

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is getting some All-Star Game consideration. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is getting some All-Star Game consideration. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is starting to get some All-Star consideration after batting .436 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in the month of June.

There is at least one person who has said publicly that he isn't for the 22-year old's inclusion on the All-Start team.

Philadelphia Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon says putting Puig on the National League All-Star team would be a mistake.

"To me, it's an absolute joke," Papelbon told MLB Network Radio when asked about Puig's All-Star candidacy. "It's really kind of stupid if you ask me.

"The guy's got a month, I don't even think he's got a month in the big leagues," Papelbon said during the interview. "Just comparing him to this and that, and saying he's going to make the All-Star team, that's a joke to me."

But Papelbon did not pitch against the Dodgers when the Phillies came to town last weekend. It's a good thing, because Puig went 7-for-16 and scored five runs in the series. The Dodgers went 15-11 in the 26 games since Puig's arrival and currently sit 3.5 games back in the National League West behind the division leader Arizona Diamondbacks.

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