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"Everybody gets a day off," Mattingly said.
Not everybody is late to the ballpark, however, and Puig has a habit of being one of the last to arrive. Mattingly said the outfielder, who was staying at his parents' home in Miami, said he got caught in traffic.
Mattingly had a closed-door meeting with Puig and an interpreter for approximately 10 minutes before Tuesday's game to explain the reason he was not playing and the fine.
Mattingly would not say how much the fine was. "More than a dollar and less than $10,000," he said.
The Dodgers, however, clearly see the need to rein in their prized rookie. No simple task, considering his aggressiveness is a key factor in his success. But Puig is a bit of a peacock who struts around the clubhouse and sometimes acts impervious to all else around him.
He reportedly swore at media members Monday. Then he went 0 for 5, got into an argument with umpire John Hirschbeck and, while in a fit of anger, briefly had to be led out of the dugout and to a tunnel by teammate
Puig, 22, currently is in a three-for-23 skid (corrected) at the plate, the first real slump of his major league career.