It’s been a relatively quiet spring for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Heading into Sunday, Puig had played 11 games this spring and was held without a hit in six of them. Despite the slow spring, manager Don Mattingly said he wasn’t concerned by Puig’s subpar results at the plate.
In Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, Corey Kluber got Puig to ground out in the first inning. However, Kluber didn’t fare nearly as well when Puig came up to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning. As he’s been known to do, Puig jumped on the first pitch and hit a solo home run to center field, complete with a bat flip that’s in midseason form.
The home run was Puig’s second of the spring, and second in the last three games. His first was a three-run shot hit at the Alamodome in San Antonio during Big League Weekend. While Puig has scuttled a bit at the plate, he’s shown good instincts in the outfield — having played both right and center field thus far.