Dodgers: Puig’s Appeal is Denied, Will Serve Suspension Tonight

Sep 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) reaches first on an error by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (not pictured) in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like the Dodgers will be without Yasiel Puig for the next couple of nights. The right fielder officially had his suspension appeal overruled by Major League Baseball today and will start serving it immediately.

The decision does not come as much of a surprise in itself. The real surprise is how long it took for the league to make a denial decision. It was pretty clear that Puig would receive some sort of punishment when he shoved Nick Hundley at home plate in the middle of an at-bat last month. Most people within the organization were concerned with how long the actual suspension would be.

Looking Ahead

Nevertheless, the league has made its decision. Puig will sit tonight and tomorrow but will be eligible to return against Colorado this weekend. Thankfully, the September roster expansions make this punishment hurt much less. Alex Verdugo is likely to see more playing time tonight and tomorrow as a result. And perhaps the timing is perfect. Puig has just right hits since August 13th, putting him at a .163 average in that span.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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