Before the second game of the Opening Series Sunday afternoon (Saturday night) Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made some controversial comments regarding the way Yasiel Puig deals with injuries. He even went so far as to sarcastically say he’s like The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Puig ironically had to leave the game with a back injury in the ninth inning.

The back problem is completely unrelated to Puig’s shoulder inflammation he’s dealt with during Spring Training and it was said after the game that he might need an MRI and possibly a bone scan. Mattingly continued to be critical of his young outfielder, saying he really didn’t know what to believe from him about how injured he is.

After a a few days of everyone talking about a potential rift between manager and player, Mattingly discussed his comments to Eric Stephen from True Blue LA:


Whether the comments were actually playful and not spiteful is up for fans to determine. Puig wasn’t on the field this morning for the work out and spent time talking with Mattingly. The Dodgers manager addressed the situation via Stephen:


As far as the status Puig’s back goes, he didn’t participate in Tuesday’s work out due to back stiffness, but the team expects him back on the field tomorrow. While no MRI was scheduled yesterday, Puig did get one this morning, which revealed inflammation, but no structural damage and he’s considered day-to-day.

Mattingly wouldn’t divulge any information about what his conversation with Puig centered around, but hopefully both player and manager can put this behind him. With World Series aspirations heading into the 2014 season, the Dodgers don’t any unnecessary distractions.

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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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