Slumping Yasiel Puig moved to the Dodgers bench

Yasiel Puig

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.

With Clayton Kershaw on the mound, A.J. Ellis will catch.


The Dodgers lineup:

Jimmy Rollins SS
Carl Crawford LF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Justin Turner 3B
Joc Pederson CF
A.J. Ellis C
Clayton Kershaw P  

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