Yasiel Puig to minors, future with Dodgers in doubt

first_imgDENVER >> Yasiel Puig is expected to officially be assigned to the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Thursday. He will have 72 hours after that to report to his new team.Whether he ever plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers again is very much in doubt.“I don’t want to handicap that situation,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday at Coors Field. “It certainly is a possibility. Beyond that, it’s just speculation.”The Dodgers certainly didn’t offer a clear process for Puig to work his way back to Los Angeles. In fact, Zaidi gave the impression that Puig was given the news about his demotion — when the Dodgers were unable to trade him before Monday’s non-waiver deadline — through his agent and not directly from the Dodgers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has not spoken with Puig since the outfielder was told not to show up at Dodger Stadium for Monday’s flight to Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t want to get into that level of detail,” Zaidi said. “But suffice it to say, he understands the message from us and what we hope he accomplishes down there.”Roberts spoke vaguely of swing mechanics and a more consistent approach, both off the field and at the plate. But what the Dodgers really hope Puig accomplishes in Triple-A is to regain enough value for them to eventually trade him, whether it is later this month (after clearing waivers) or in the off-season.“Everything is on the table right now,” Zaidi said. “We have discussions with almost every team about a lot of our players. So I wouldn’t want to single him out and talk about that.”Puig’s behavior has been less of an issue this season. While Zaidi said Puig’s demotion was “a domino effect” of being able to upgrade in right field with the acquisition of Josh Reddick, neither Zaidi nor Roberts went so far as to call the move strictly a baseball decision. Asked if he had found himself devoting more time and energy to Puig than any other player, Roberts responded with just one word — “Yes.”If Puig’s time with the Dodgers can be salvaged it will clearly require a commitment on his part to become more professional in his preparation and work ethic.center_img “We can all continue to grow. But — Yasiel can continue to grow. I’ll leave it at that,” Roberts said. “I mean, there’s definitely been good moments of quality work. But that needs to continue to be consistent.“This is something that we expect him to understand is not punitive. It’s for his growth, to become ultimately a better baseball player.”Late arrivals at the ballpark, poor work habits and a lack of preparation might have been tolerated when Puig was playing at an All-Star level. But he has been a fairly mediocre player — for all his highlight-reel physical skills — for some time now. Puig has no longer been able to overpower the game with his athleticism as he did when he burst onto the scene in 2013. Since the start of last season, he’s hitting .258. (.321 slugging, .411 on-base percentage) with 18 home runs in 160 games while always being just another sprint down the first-base line away from a hamstring injury.But Zaidi said it was not fair to characterize this week’s move as a sign that the Dodgers had simply run out of patience with the 25-year-old outfielder.“Look, a lot of this is circumstantial as I have said. You can never assume you’re going to make a trade,” the GM said. “The fact that we were able to get a right fielder that we believe is an upgrade for this team right now did have a little bit of a domino effect in terms of what his role was going to be and where he was going to play moving forward. That’s really the primary element here.“So I don’t think that (saying the team ran out of patience with Puig) is a fair description because there are a lot of ways the last 48 hours could have unfolded where he would be playing right field for us today. The primary thing was the trade deadline, looking for targets, looking for ways to improve the team. That was the primary driver.”last_img read more

Official in the BOE: professional and federated athletes will be able to train as of this Monday

first_imgFor the so-called DAN (professional athletes, of national interest and of a high level), their return to training will take place “without any time restriction” and with the limit of space marked by the province in which their home is located.. Your training sessions can be carried out in the sea, rivers or reservoirs, with the material you need “as long as you can practice alone.”Any coach will be able to follow the work of the athletes keeping the safety distance of two meters, with the exception of bicycles and skates, which will be ten meters.. In this section, special mention should be made of Paralympic athletes, who will be able to count on the help of another athlete without having to keep the safety distance, although they will have to train with additional mask protection.In the case of professional leagues, training is allowed in own work centers, with the protection and hygiene measures determined by Health.For federated athletes, two time bands are established, between six and ten in the morning of each day, and between eight in the afternoon and eleven at night.. They will be able to train individually. The Official State Gazette has published this Sunday the Order of the Ministry of Health through which the return to training of professional and federated athletes, individually, is approved and under the premises of “responsibility, prudence and safety distance” advised by the department commanded by the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa.Following the plan for the transition to a new normality approved on April 28 in the Council of Ministers, On Monday, measures aimed at easing restrictions established after the declaration of the state of alarm enter, including the return to training of professional and federated athletes.Professional sport returns with the entry into force of ‘Phase 0’ of the de-escalation and professional and federated athletes will be able to train individually from Monday. In addition, as indicated by the Higher Sports Council in a statement, professional leagues may develop basic training in their work centerslast_img read more