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Dodgers OF Puig benched on Monday

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been doing good this season up until Monday. Puig was benched on Monday night against the San Diego Padres.

The 26-year-old reportedly was late, which led to him being benched. He also missed Sunday’s game after having a base-running mishap in Saturday’s game.

“Yasiel has been great all year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But to be frank, there was a situation, where he was supposed to be on the field today and he was late. Where we’re at right now, it has to be clear to everyone in the clubhouse that the only purpose is to prepare for the postseason, to finish the season strong and for it to be about all of us. I think, and I know, no one player can be bigger than the team. The priority has got to be for all of us. For me right now, that was a decision that he made, not me.”

Yasiel Puig (Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball despite having a losing slump in Sept. The playoffs start for the team next week.

They are considered the National League favorites to advance to the World Series. If they do reach the World Series, they’ll attempt to win their first championship since 1988.

“[My] level of concern [is] very minimal,” Roberts said. “When you can lose your best player, like we did last year and parts of this year in Clayton Kershaw and continue to move forward. … Again, no player is bigger than the whole and the sum. The onus is on him [Puig]. I want him in there. I expect him in there. When you show up late for work, there has got to be consequences. That’s just the way life works and the way life should work.”

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