Yasiel Puig says he "asked teammates for forgiveness" for his late arrival

Saturday April 5th, 2014

Yasiel Puig finished second in voting for the NL rookie of the year award in 2013.(Lisa Blumenfeld/getty Images) 23-year old Yasiel Puig has come under fire for his attitude since he first joined the Major Leagues.(Lisa Blumenfeld/getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says that he has apologized to his teammates and manager Don Mattingly for not arriving in time for morning batting practice, according to ESPN's Arash Marakazi.

Puig was not with the team for an early morning batting practice session before their home opener on Friday, and was pulled from the lineup for his tardiness. The NL Rookie of the Year runner up says he spoke with the team after and that the late arrival was unintentional.

"I asked [Mattingly] for forgiveness as well as my teammates. It was my mistake... It was obviously my first opening day at home. It’s not something I planned to do or wanted to do...They accepted my apology."

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