Mattingly said he pulled Puig for Skip Schumaker because it gave the Dodgers “the best chance to win.”
After the game, Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti in Mattingly’s office for about 30 minutes.
“I always give my best but, honestly, today there was some fatigue and I wasn’t prepared,” Puig said later.
I personally think it had more to do with Mattingly’s fatigue as he grows tired of Yasiel’s actions on the field.
Mark Saxon writes on today’s ESPNLosAngeles.com:
Several veteran players on the Dodgers have complained, either publicly or privately, about the repetition of some of Puig’s youthful mistakes, such as an inability to hit cutoff men and sometimes-reckless baserunning.