SAN DIEGO -- For what it's worth,
To his teammates. To his coaches. Even players on other teams.
Over the last week, the
Puig talked to them about his difficulties at the plate in
"They said if I keep working hard, I'll see the results on the field," Puig said in Spanish.
He's now starting to see them.
Puig was two for 10 with a home run in the Dodgers' three games at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres. He was 0 for 3 in the series finale Wednesday, scoring from first base on a first-inning double by Hanley Ramirez.
Puig isn't ready to declare his slump over, but he's close.
"Little by little," Puig said, "I'm getting out of it."
The expectation around baseball is that Puig will regress from his rookie season last year, when he batted .319 with 19 home runs and 42 runs batted in in 104 games. The widely held belief is that pitchers have adjusted to Puig. But Puig is doing what he can to counter back.
"I'm preparing very well in practice, in batting practice, everything I'm doing with the coaches," he said. "I'm learning more about the pitchers, the pitches they throw, how to not let them beat me with pitches out of the zone, wait for the pitches I can hit and to trust my hands."
The pitch Puig hit for a home run Tuesday was a fastball up and in from
"It was all the result of the work we've been doing," Puig said.
Puig said he is listening more closely to the team's trainers on how to treat minor aches and pains.
Last week, in the wake of public criticism he received from Manager
"They shared some of the experiences they had when they were my age," Puig said. "That's helped me a lot."