Yasiel Puig returns to Dodgers trailing the usual cloud of trade speculation

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “No, I don’t listen to that anymore,” he said Saturday of trade speculation. “The first couple years, yes, because I like to play with this team. I like to hang out with my teammates here. Now the last couple years, I’m a better teammate and have more communication with my teammates and manager and coaches. Now I don’t worry about that.“This is baseball. You come here, you get your start here with the Los Angeles Dodgers but you could finish with the Los Angeles Dodgers or another team. The reason I came to the United States was to play baseball. I’m going to do my best here and God only knows where you’re going to finish.”In Spanish, Puig called the recent acquisition of Manny Machado “a great trade” and said he wanted to “thank everyone involved in bringing Manny Machado here.”Ironically, those same people might be working to send Puig elsewhere.Related Articles ATLANTA – It’s complicated.The Dodgers’ relationship to Yasiel Puig always has been. It remains so as Puig returned from the DL Saturday night and rejoined the Dodgers’ lineup after missing nearly three weeks with an injured oblique muscle in his right side. Alex Verdugo went 5 for 16 with a home run, a double, three walks and four runs scored in five games and is considered “a big-league ballplayer” by the Dodgers, Manager Dave Roberts said. But he went back to Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday to make room for Puig.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.With the non-waiver trade deadline just a couple days away, the Dodgers’ willingness to trade their most volatile asset is once again an open secret. The potential to package Puig with a prospect as a way to acquire bullpen help and stay under the luxury-tax threshold at the same time – or in separate moves – adds a new element to the rumors this year.Puig says he’s heard it all before. What once bothered him – the prospect of playing somewhere other than Los Angeles – does not seem to carry the same menace for him as it once did. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Adopting a mentality that ignores all of that is not easy, Puig acknowledged.“No. But you can’t do anything about that,” he said. “The only thing you can do is keep working hard every day, play the game right and show the people what you can do on this team or on a different team. … If a trade comes true, you need to go there and show the new team and the new city.”What Puig needs to show in the present, Roberts said, is an ability to maintain his focus on a consistent basis — the same challenge that has frustrated the Dodgers for six seasons now.“I think with Yasiel it’s competing,” Roberts said. “Before he hurt himself, he was playing good baseball. I think the defense over the last five weeks, six weeks had ticked up and in the batter’s box the compete every pitch is very important for Yasiel. You can see what we’ve been doing offensively it’s been 1 through 8, a professional at-bat, grinding mentality. I expect Yasiel to do a lot of the same thing.”Defensively, Roberts said he will speak to Puig about maintaining a respect for the fundamentals. During the series in Anaheim when Puig was injured, he was guilty of some lapses.“That’s my job, our job as coaches, to continue to remind players how important it is to hit the cutoff man, throw to the right base, not give up outs on the bases,” Roberts said. “He’ll be reminded of that.”The fact that the Dodgers won 10 of 15 games without Puig and moved into first place in the National League West is another reminder.“I don’t want to speak for Yasiel. But I’m going to,” Roberts said. “Going on the DL, he was playing good baseball. He never wants nor does any player want to go on the DL. But I think it’s a positive thing to always see that the team, the operation continues to move on without anyone. No one player is greater than the whole sum. I think that’s healthy for everyone to see.“The game keeps going. It’s also good when you keep winning too. We have a lot of good players. It speaks to competition, doing things the right way.”ALSOLeft-hander Adam Liberatore returned to action with Triple-A Oklahoma City Friday after missing six weeks with an injured rib muscle. Liberatore also had problems with an ankle injury earlier in the year.“He’s in the mix,” Roberts said. “But he’s gotta show he can stay healthy. When we’ve called on him, he’s been banged up the last couple years.”UP NEXTDodgers RHP Ross Stripling (8-2, 2.43 ERA) at Braves LHP Sean Newcomb (9-5, 3.41 ERA), Sunday, 11:35 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies For most of his time with the Dodgers, Puig has been a relative bargain with his salary topping out at $7.5 million this season. He is eligible for arbitration this winter and might be pricing out of the Dodgers’ plans, particularly with Verdugo on the rise. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

Cop nabbed with ganja in car

first_imgA policeman found himself in hot water after he was nabbed by his colleagues on Monday afternoon with a large quantity of marijuana.Reports are at about 15:00h, Police swooped down on one of their own in the vicinity of Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.This newspaper was told that a corporal, attached to a police station in Berbice, was in his motorcar when the vehicle was stopped. There was another male occupant inside the car.The cops then ordered that their colleague and his passenger exit the vehicle and proceeded to conduct a search on the vehicle.A large quantity of marijuana was discovered in the trunk of the vehicle.Both men were immediately arrested and are in police custody where investigations are ongoing.This newspaper was told that the men travelled to Georgetown with the illegal substance with the aim of distributing/selling to customers. Berbice and Linden have been identified as two leading areas in Guyana where marijuana is cultivated on a large scale and then sold to various locations throughout the country.last_img read more