The Los Angeles Dodgers have struggled thus far to keep phenom OF Yasiel Puig on the straight and narrow both on the field and off the field. Now they may have a struggle in the kitchen, as well. According to Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com, the Cuban native reported to camp about 25 pounds heavier than his 2013 playing weight. The weight gain didn’t go unnoticed by Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly:
Mattingly said Puig showed up at camp weighing 251 pounds, 26 more than he weighed at the end of the regular season. “We don’t feel it’s going to be a problem, but we’re paying attention to it, put it that way,” Mattingly told ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The National League Rookie of the Year runner-up is fast, but doesn’t use speed as much as you might expect (11 SB, with 8 CS). He is currently in a 4-way traffic jam in the Dodgers OF, with All-Stars Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Carl Crawford; all expecting regular playing time. The Dodgers were “lucky” last year (if you can call it that) in that very seldom were all four healthy. Could Puig’s conditioning relegate him to a reserve role, or even AAA if he doesn’t immediately pick up where he left off? The Dodgers OF is one of the main story lines this spring out in the Cactus League.
– David Whitlock
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