Manager Dave Roberts insists the decision to give Yasiel Puig a day off was made before he removed the outfielder from the game on Tuesday night. ‘It’s not punitive at all,’ Roberts said. ‘After the game we talked. He received everything well, so it’s just moving forward.
The drama continues with the Dodgers and Puig and it would be a lot easier to handle if the outfielder was performing. However, a horrible slash line of .246/.287/.380 with five homeruns and 19 RBIs has made it difficult to accept his antics. Fantasy owners’ patience have worn thin and if they haven’t traded Puig already, the only choice is to stash him on the bench and hope he turns his season around.
Ryu has now made three rehab starts and continues to be on track to return in the middle of June. The left-hander struck out three and walked none in those four innings which is a positive sign as he attempts to battle back from a shoulder injury that has kept him out for a season and a half. Ryu has a career 3.17 ERA so he is a pitcher fantasy owners who are in deeper leagues should stash away as he could help in the second half of the season.