As the Dodgers were playing their final regular-season games last month, they received word that a sidelined Yasiel Puig could return to them in time for the playoffs.
On the surface, a positive development. But that wasn't how the news was received in the clubhouse.
Multiple players said at the time their preference was for Puig to remain at the team's spring-training complex in Arizona. They feared his oversized personality and underwhelming work habits would disrupt them more than his breathtaking talent would help.
So when the father of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke implied on a St. Louis radio station this week that Clayton Kershaw recommended to management...