Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was finally back in the starting lineup during Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after injuring his thumb diving into into first base on April 5. His injured thumb has just been one of many story lines regarding the young outfielder, including his reckless driving charges in the offseason and his tardiness to the Dodgers home opener which resulted in Don Mattingly benching him.

After the Dodger manager compared Puig to the boy who cried wolf, it seems that Mattingly has been forced to need to clear the air with the media in regards to his relationship with Puig. It was easy for the media to misconstrue Mattingly’s comments as a reflection of his dislike for the right fielder, but he cleared the air yet again on Friday when he appeared on the Dan Patrick Show. Mattingly said that Puig is actually a really good kid who does make mistakes but his actions are never ill-intentioned.

He also complimented Puig on his improvement in hitting the cutoff man and said that the 23-year-old really does make incredible plays despite the handful of costly mistakes. Puig has said that he hopes in the future that people will talk about him the way people talk about Derek Jeter. Once he matures and becomes more discipline, the young right fielder’s future looks as promising as ever.

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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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