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Yasiel Puig reports to camp a few biscuits heavier than 2013

  • David Whitlock

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, 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

Credit: Gregory Bull/AP

There’s about 25 pounds more of Puig for Dodgers fans to love, but is that a good thing?
Credit: Gregory Bull/AP

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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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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