Dodgers held team meeting about Yasiel Puig

20140327-101554.jpgA lightning rod for news, it should come as little surprise that the Los Angeles Dodgers first team meeting of 2014 centered around outfielder Yasiel Puig.

The Dodgers will play their third game of the season on Sunday but the actions of Puig in Australia had been setting uneasy with management and teammates.

In the Dodgers second win over Arizona, Puig made two base running errors and then left in the bottom of the ninth inning with a back injury.

On Tuesday manager Don Mattingly called a team meeting Tuesday to clear the air reports

Following the meeting with his teammates Puig was open about his mistakes and what he can do to become a better and more focused player.

“I asked them to please keep helping me,” Puig told “Specifically with baserunning and hitting my cutoff man. I want them to help me with everything they can.”

Veterans Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe were the most vocal during the meeting.

“Puig’s a good kid. He just didn’t come up through the system like we all did,” an unidentified veteran teammate said.


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