Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is getting set to begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and was obviously asked about the Yasiel Puig benching.
Puig was benched after the fourth inning yesterday afternoon and as Don Mattingly and Puig talked about the decision,it was announced that Kemp was ready to go. Before tonight’s game, Jim Alexander of Press-Enterprise spoke to Kemp about Puig and what he thought about the decision:
He’s still young, still got a lot to learn, but he’s had a lot of success. It gets better, man. Everybody keeps asking me the same questions. Me and him are two totally different players. When I came up, I didn’t have as much success as he’s had. He’s a great player, he’s going to get better and he’s going to get smarter baseball-wise.
Unlike starter Ricky Nolasco, Kemp didn’t seem to get into specifics about Puig’s benching, but it’s obvious that he’s trying to help him out by giving him so advice.
It’s been a difficult season for Kemp as he’s been on the disabled list for three different ailments, but hopefully he’ll be good to go for the Dodgers upcoming six-game road trip.
So far this season, Kemp is hitting .263 with five home runs and 27 RBIs and once he returns, Mattingly will have tough decisions about who to start and sit. Regardless, it’s good to hear that Puig is receptive to his teammates and hopefully this latest episode is behind him and the Dodgers starting tomorrow.
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