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66 Yasiel Puig RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/235 | Birthdate: 12/7/1990 | Birthplace: Palmira, Cienfuegos, Cuba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 100/78 | Average Draft Position: 26.43
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Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig (hamstring) likely to start on Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is likely to rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's game in San Francisco, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Puig had missed three games with tightness in the hamstring before playing Saturday, but experienced pain and is out of the lineup again for Sunday.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Puig is "sore" but "hopefully nothing serious."

The team has not yet ruled out the possibility of a stint on the disabled list and Mattingly wouldn't take much issue if he lands there, according to MLB.com.

"To be honest, if they say DL, I'm fine with it," he said. "I like the way Andre [Ethier] is playing. I'm not pushing to get Yasiel in the lineup. We've got guys in Triple-A swinging the bat. If medical says DL, it's DL."


Dodgers' Puig, Crawford, Grandal, Uribe out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, left fielder Carl Crawford, catcher Yasmani Grandal and third baseman Juan Uribe are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies.

Puig was able to return from a tight hamstring Saturday and go 2 for 3 with a walk, but manager Don Mattingly said that the outfielder had a noticeable limp while playing nine innings. Crawford is out of the lineup for the second straight day due to illness. Uribe and Grandal are sitting for the first time in four games.

With several starters sidelined, Justin Turner will bat second and play third base, Andre Ethier will bat fifth and start in right field, Scott Van Slyke will start in left field and bat sixth and A.J. Ellis will start behind the plate and bat eighth against Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler.

Despite the multiple absences, the Dodgers are heavy favorites (-165) Sunday.


Dodgers' Mattingly concerned with Yasiel Puig's limp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and an RBI in his return to action Saturday, and while he was able to play all nine innings after missing three games with a tight hamstring, he was limping enough for manager Don Mattingly to notice, MLB.com reports.

"It looked like he limped a little that one inning, but he told the trainer he was fine," manager Don Mattingly said. "He swung the bat good, made a nice play in the late innings. He looked good."

It was Puig's first action since Monday due to hamstring issues, but he was able to reach base multiple times and knock in a run for the third straight game. He has hit .267/.353/.533 with two home runs and four RBI in 30 at-bats.


Dodgers' Andre Ethier moves back to LF with return of Yasiel Puig


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) With the return of Yasiel Puig (hamstring) to the lineup Saturday, Andre Ethier moves back over to left field and will bat sixth in the lineup. 

Ethier has seven hits in 20 at-bats (.350 avg.) this season with a homer and three RBI.


Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig (hamstring) returns to lineup on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Right fielder Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Rockies after missing three games.

He returns to his usually No. 2 spot in the batting order.

Puig had been resting a tight hamstring that wasn't considered serious.

Puig has six hits in 27 at-bats (.222 avg.) this season with two home runs and three RBI.


Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hamstring) to miss Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) A tight hamstring will cause Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig to miss his third-straight game Friday against the Rockies, the team announced.

Andre Ethier will receive the start in right field with Puig sidelined. In 27 at-bats this season, Puig is batting .222 with three home runs.

Despite missing Friday's game, manager Don Mattingly is not concerned about the injury, reports the Los Angeles Times

"I don't think it's that serious," he said. 

Mattingly added he wasn't sure if Puig would be able to play Saturday and he might be available to pinch hit Friday, reports MLB.com. 

The Dodgers are the favorites (-280) over the Rockies.


Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig out again Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday against the Mariners with hamstring tightness, the team announced.

Puig will miss his second straight game with the injury and will be replaced by Andre Ethier in right. Puig is hitting .222 with two home runs in 27 at-bats so far this season.

The Dodgers are currently the favorites (-137) against the Mariners.


Lawsuit involving Dodgers OF Puig could be nearing settlement


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) An attorney representing Yasiel Puig is negotiating a settlement to a federal lawsuit that blames the Dodgers slugger for being responsible for the alleged torture and imprisonment of a Cuban man.

The lawyer for the alleged victim asked the U.S. District Court on Tuesday for more time to arrange a deal.

Puig was sued for $12 millon in 2013 under the Torture Victims Protection Act. The lawsuit claimed that Puig erroneously linked the plaintiff to human trafficking, resulting in a seven-year prison sentence. Puig's representatives have denied the accusation.


Dodgers shortstop Rollins returns to the lineup, Puig out Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins will return to the lineup Tuesday while right fielder Yasiel Puig will head to the bench, the team announced.

Rollins was given the day off Monday after playing six straight games for Los Angeles. He is hitting .250 in 28 at-bats this season.

Puig will get his second game off in the last four with hamstring tightness. Andre Ethier will replace him in right and bat sixth. Puig wanted to play Tuesday and is likely to play Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly said before the game.

The Dodgers are currently the underdogs (+100) against the Mariners.


Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig collects three hits Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 3 for 5 from the plate during Monday's win over the Mariners.

Puig collected his second home of the season when he connected off James Paxton for a solo shot. It was his lone RBI for the game.

After the game, manager Don Mattingly said he was not sure if Puig would play in Tuesday's game, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"He was hobbling quite a little bit," Mattingly said. 


Dodgers' Puig, Guerrero, Pederson all homer against Diamondbacks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) The Dodgers got three home runs from their lineup in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Yasiel Puig, Alex Guerrero and Joc Pederson all hit home runs in the game. Puig hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth, Pederson hit a solo shot in the sixth and Guerrero hit a two-run home run in the ninth. 

Guerrero totaled four RBI in the game and now holds a .429 batting average. Puig is hitting .136 and Pederson is batting .286. 

''He's been hitting since all last spring, all last year — he can hit,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about Guerrero, via the Associated Press. ''Our biggest fear was defensively, how he looked last year, but he's been good all through spring.''


Dodgers' Yasiel Puig out, Andre Ethier starting Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks, with Andre Ethier set to man right field and left fielder Carl Crawford moving up to bat second.

Puig is just 2 for 17 with six strikeouts to open the season, and he'll get a break from starting Saturday. Ethier is just 0 for 3 so far in his part-time role.


Dodgers' Yasiel Puig makes one-pitch debut at third base


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig came in from right field to play third base in a five-man infield to prevent the winning run from scoring Friday night against Arizona. Puig's stint at third base lasted only one pitch, as Ender Inciarte roped a walkoff single past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez that gave Arizona a 4-3 victory in 10 innings.

Manager Don Mattingly told reporters after the game that Puig saw some work at third during spring training, per MLB.com.

"I didn't want them to hit it to him," Mattingly said. "When we worked on it (in Spring Training), he was the best guy of the three in the outfield. Actually, his hands are pretty good. Put him on that side because it's the last place the ball will be hit."

Puig said he has no desire to take Juan Uribe's spot at third base.

"I like shortstop," Puig said. "I can catch the ball."


Dodgers' Mattingly: Yasiel Puig fine after exiting game Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig left Thursday's game against the Angels after being hit in the throat during a defensive play, but manager Don Mattingly said after the game that the outfielder is fine, ESPN reports.

Puig was able to leave the game under his own power and was pulled for precautionary reasons. He made a late call on the ball during the play, and second baseman Howie Kendrick was unable to avoid the collision with Puig.


Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig dialing back excessive celebrations


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has created a reputation of being brash baseball player that can go a little too far celebrating a home run or a great defensive play. 

Therefore, Puig is looking to move away from that kind of behavior that generated negative headlines. Manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com that the presence of veterans, such as Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick, among others, will help Puig in this department.

"I think it's just part of his maturity as a player," Mattingly said. "Last year was his first full season in the big leagues, and he's still very young [24]. All we look for is him to get a little better every year."

Rollins said that Puig's opponents would wonder from afar about his style of play. Now that he's seen Puig as a teammate, Rollins said there's a lot more than what's oftentimes perceived. 

"As an opponent, you see the things he does and think, 'Oh, really?'" said Rollins. "But the other side of it, as a teammate, he does have his style and flair, but as long as he's not disrespectful, keep doing it. We have enough people in here to say something if something needs to be said, and that goes for anybody in the clubhouse."


Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig slugs fourth home run of spring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run in his team's 9-5 win over the Padres Wednesday.

Puig got out to a relatively slow start this spring but has heated up in recent days, smacking three home runs in his last four games. He's 9 for 34 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 13 Cactus League games.


Dodgers' Mattingly not worried about Yasiel Puig's spring numbers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is batting just .174 (4 for 23) through his first nine spring games. Despite the slow start, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is not worried about the Cuban slugger, even after he had a .780 OPS in the second half last season and struggled in the playoffs in 2014.

"Not really," Mattingly said, per the Los Angeles Times. "His spring was a little rough last year. I'm not really concerned about his average or anything like that. He looks fine. He's hit some balls decent."


Yasiel Puig hits first home run of the spring for Dodger


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig hit his first home run of the spring on Monday. 

Puig hit a hanging curve from Ryan Vogelsong for a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Puig's blast to left-center came on a full count.

Puig went one-for-three on the day, before leaving in the bottom of the sixth.  


Businessman convicted in Puig's smuggling case gets month in prison


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) U.S. District Judge Robert Scola announced Friday that Gilberto Suarez has been sentenced to a month in prison for his role in the smuggling of Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig out of Cuba, according to the Associated Press. The South Florida businessman also received five months of house arrest.

Scola gave Suarez less than the one-year maximum partly because his smuggling role was limited to getting Puig to the Mexico-Texas border in 2012. 

Suarez was one of the Miami-based financiers of the venture in which Puig was taken by boat from Cuba to Mexico. The financiers were to receive a portion of Puig's contract. He eventually signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Dodgers.

Court documents showed Suarez received $2.5 million from Puig's contract. However, Suarez has agreed to forfeit a house, a condominium and a Mercedes-Benz.


Dodgers' McGwire: Yasiel Puig 'an MVP candidate from day one'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire believes outfielder Yasiel Puig is "an MVP candidate from day one," the Los Angeles Times reports.

McGwire also added that consistency is the only obstacle for Puig to win multiple MVP awards.

"If we can put a full season together and if that lull toward the end of the season is not there — he has a big September, big playoffs — there's no question he's going to have several MVPs," McGwire said.

The outfielder faded a bit in the final two months of the 2014 season, entering August with a .319/.406/.552 line.

"He's had such great first halves, first three-quarters of the season, and things have tailed off toward the end of the season," McGwire added. "We have to work on something like that."

McGwire expressed uncertainty about where Puig would hit in the lineup, saying, "I like him at the top of the lineup to set the tone, and I like him in a RBI situation."

Puig completed his first full major-league season last year after making his big-league debut in June of the previous season. He hit .296/.382/.480 with 16 home runs, 69 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 558 at-bats in 2014.


Report: Dodgers' Puig could start in center if Pederson falters


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) It's "pretty clear" the Dodgers would like outfield prospect Joc Pederson to win the everyday center fielder job in 2015, the Los Angeles Times reports, adding that the backup plan if Pederson falters could be rolling with Yasiel Puig in center.

"I don’t expect anything to be handed to me," Pederson said last weekend during the team's fan fest. "It never has been in the past. I still have to grow as a baseball player."

Carl Crawford is expected to be locked in at left field regardless of the performance of Pederson, who would start in center with Puig in right if the prospect wins a spot on the 25-man roster in spring training. If the team decides Pederson needs more minor-league seasoning, Puig could be shifted to center field, with Andre Ethier moving into the starting lineup and playing right field.


Yasiel Puig: Cardinals, not Giants, are Dodgers' top rival


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) In Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's two seasons in the majors, he has had to endure two postseason exits at the hands of the Cardinals. St. Louis beat Los Angeles in the NLCS (4-2) in 2013, and beat them in the NLDS (3-1) in 2014.

"I dream about them every day," Puig told Los Angeles reporters at a benefit luncheon last week, per FOX Sports Midwest. "If we can beat them, we can win the World Series. We have to pass through them. They're our principal rivals, not San Francisco, not anyone else."

Puig hasn't had great personal success against St. Louis in the postseason either. In 34 postseason at-bats against the Cardinals, he is batting .235 with 18 strikeouts.

"We can't let them beat us three straight times," Puig said. "No way. They're a good team and we all admire them. They have very good pitchers, very good players. If we beat them, we can win the World Series. We just have to get through them."


Florida businessman pleads guilty in smuggling case for Yasiel Puig


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Gilberto Suarez, a South Florida businessman who is accused of helping finance the smuggling of Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, has changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola set a Tuesday plea change hearing for Suarez. If charged, it carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence for Suarez. 

He is alleged to be one of the financers who helped smuggle Puig from Cuba to Mexico in 2012 and was suppose to receive a cut of the seven-year, $42 million contract Puig signed. 

Puig hit .296 with 16 homeruns and 69 RBI in 2014. 


Dodgers' Yasiel Puig scores three times Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig scored three times Friday against the Cardinals.

Puig managed to reach base in his first three plate appearances. He singled twice and was hit by a pitch. Puig would also walk in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 4, with three runs scored and one RBI. Puig had a chance to tie the game late, but struck out against Trevor Rosenthal to end the game. 


Yasiel Puig swats 16th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 1 for 4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 9-1 division-clinching win over the Giants Wednesday.

Puig delivered a solo home run in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and open the floodgates on the Dodgers offense, with the team adding three more runs in the sixth and another four runs in the eighth, the last of which came on a bases-loaded walk to Puig. He has hit .296/.384/.484 with 16 home runs, 68 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 550 at-bats.