Posted February 22, 2014

Dodgers paying attention to Yasiel Puig’s weight

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Yasiel Puig hit .319 with 19 homers in 104 games this season. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig hit .319 with 19 homers in 104 games last season. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers go into spring training with a lot of roster questions to answer, including what to do with their crowded outfield.

One of those outfielders, Yasiel Puig, also has the team concerned because he showed up to camp with a few extra pounds.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Puig showed up to spring training weighing 251 pounds, 16 more than he weighed at the end of last season.

“We don’t feel it’s going to be a problem, but we’re paying attention to it, put it that way,” Mattingly said, via ESPN.com.

Puig weighed 235 pounds last spring. The team opens the season March 22 in Australia with a two-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Puig has not participated in baseball activities the past two days because of an injury suffered after he fouled a ball off his right leg. He has also been dealing with soreness in his shoulder.

VIDEO: Yasiel Puig crushes a pitch from Kenley Jansen


5 comments
MrArlington
MrArlington

This is a poor sign for the Dodgers. Puig knew, to the day, when he was supposed to report back to work and he prepare like a professional. He'll most certainly lose the weight before the season resumes but the lack of professionalism clear.

MichaelC
MichaelC

This is what happens when you give a Cuban kid millions of dollars and little guidance. I mean, good for Puig but what did you expect? 


Cars, women, food - that's the American experience right?


Look at Cuban athletes in the past - boxers, baseball players, etc. - and with very few exceptions, many figure their first big contract is the finish line. Puig got PAID. Don't assume a kid who loves baseball will be motivated to get better at it.

JoshuaAdams1
JoshuaAdams1

at least when Puig said he won't play with as much recklessness, what he really meant to say was he is no longer as capable of explosive play due to his poor conditioning and increased weight. 

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Fat cow. He will be Miggy's size soon, just nowhere near as good.

Zero1337
Zero1337

@MichaelC  Meh, considering the amount of money some players are getting PAID now, hes actually pretty poor as far as pro ball players go. I think the dodgers were hoping he'd last to his second contract, when he will truly be in line to get PAID.


Consider his contract currently over its entire 7 year duration will net him less than Clayton Kershaws contract will cost in 2 years. Also the Dodgers just brought in another older guy from the Cuban National team Alexander Guererro, probably hoping he can help guide Puig.