The Los Angeles Dodgers have shown concerns in regards to Yasiel Puig’s noticeable weight gain. Puig finished the end of last season at 225 pounds after weighing 235 pounds in spring training last season. However, he showed up to spring training weighing 251 pounds and with an extra 26 pounds on him, the Dodgers are monitoring the young outfielder, who’s gone through quite a bit this off-season.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPNLA.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn’t see any reason to panic:
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
Mattingly may not see Puig’s weight gain alone as a huge issue, but this is undeniably an added issue for Puig as he tries to get in the best shape heading into the season. These deterrents can all be rooted back to his off-season distractions, starting with his second reckless driving charge in the last eight months. Although the charge was ultimately dropped and a public apology was given, he’s also dealing with shoulder inflammation and was put on a limited throwing program. Adding to the injuries, Puig didn’t attend yesterdays workout due to a bruised thigh.
Individually, these are all minor setbacks. As a whole, it seems Puig has some obstacles to overcome before Opening Day in Australia. Whereas a bruised thigh and shoulder inflammation take rest in order to improve, shaving off the weight he’s gained this off-season will take a little more time than that.
One can assume Puig will have to put in the extra work in the weight room in order to see progress along his waistline. While he impressed in his rookie season at the big league level, the Dodgers will continue to monitor if he can shave off the extra pounds.
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