Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig did not travel with the club as they made their way to Colorado on Monday. The Dodgers head off to face the Rockies for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports News, reported that major-league sources said Puig abruptly left and “stormed off” shortly after he arrived to Dodger Stadium on Monday. Reports said he did that after he received word that he might possibly be traded or sent to the minors. However, it turns out that was not true.
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Before releasing those tweets Rosenthal stated Puig’s agent corrected the report saying Puig was not at the Stadium on Monday.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 1, 2016
Rosenthal later apologized, and Puig forgave him for the report.
@YasielPuig I’m still sorry, Yasiel. Shouldn’t have happened.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2016
On the other hand, multiple reports state Puig did in fact not travel with the team to Colorado.
Sources: Yasiel Puig was instructed not to report to stadium or plane today and did not. Told he would be demoted to minors or traded.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) August 1, 2016
Puig was not on the Dodgers' plane going to Colorado, as @Ken_Rosenthal reported. He cannot refuse assignment to minor leagues, either.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2016
Puig was not traded before the trade deadline which was 4 p.m ET on Monday, however it is unclear what Puig’s future is with the Dodgers organization. Rosenthal reports a trade could still happen.
The #Dodgers have maintained they will trade Puig only if they get another outfielder. Reddick is that outfielder.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 1, 2016
Ironically, despite rumors it seems Puig was not on track to be traded.
Dodgers chairman Mark Walter on Yasiel Puig: "I don't think we want to" trade him. "He's still got a lot of potential."
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 30, 2016
Before the deadline, there had been speculations, but now that he is not traveling with the team, what does this mean? There are currently no updates on Puig’s whereabouts and Club officials declined to comment on the issue.
Glad they think it's funny: 'On a conference call to discuss the trades, GM Farhan Zaidi chuckled at a question about Puig’s whereabouts.'
— Angel Rodriguez (@ajrod) August 1, 2016
Neither Farhan Zaidi nor Andrew Friedman nor Yasiel Puig's agent have any comment on Yasiel Puig's whereabouts.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 1, 2016
The Dodgers will face the Rockies for 3-games on the road, before returning to L.A. for a long home stand at Dodger Stadium.
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