Late last week, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, clearly frustrated with Yasiel Puig, took a shot at his outfielder – suggesting that he never knows when the phenom is truly hurt considering he claims injury every time he strikes out.
It came across more funny than it did rash, but the comment sparked a wildfire so intense that Mattingly felt he needed to have a meeting with Puig to ‘clear the air‘. He also wanted the entire to join in:
So before the latest controversy with Puig had a chance to mushroom, manager Don Mattingly called a team meeting Tuesday to clear the air, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.
The meeting previously was described as being between the second-year outfielder and the manager, but Mattingly wanted the entire team to have a forum to address the subject in-house, rather than have frustrations boil over or leak out through the media.
What exactly the team meeting was over (outside of Puig generally) is not known and likely won’t be considering it will be kept in-house, but probably not the way the Dodgers were hoping to start the season off.