Slumping Yasiel Puig moved to the Dodgers bench

Slumping Yasiel Puig moved to the Dodgers bench
Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig stretches while warming up before an exhibition game against the Angels on April 3. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Yasiel Puig, who appears to be in an early-season slump, will be on the bench Saturday when the Dodgers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of a three-game series at Chase Field.

In the Dodgers’ first four games, Puig was two for 17 with six strikeouts.


Puig’s second hit of the season came Friday night in the 10th inning of the Dodgers’ 4-3 defeat to the Diamondbacks.

Following the game, Manager Don Mattingly said, “I think Yas looks a little frustrated, honestly. More than anything, probably just trying too hard to get a hit.”

Andre Ethier

will start in right field in place of Puig.

Justin Turner also will make his first start of the season, as he will be at third base instead of Juan Uribe.


Clayton Kershaw

on the mound,

A.J. Ellis

will catch.

The Dodgers lineup:

Jimmy Rollins


Carl Crawford


Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Howie Kendrick 2B

Andre Ethier RF

Justin Turner 3B

Joc Pederson CF

A.J. Ellis C

Clayton Kershaw P