LOS ANGELES — After four innings of watching Yasiel Puig, manager Don Mattingly had seen enough.
Puig, the Cuban rookie, was pulled from the game, and he then met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti behind closed doors after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Wednesday.
Mattingly didn’t specify exactly why he pulled Puig for Skip Schumaker, saying only, “I felt I was going to get a better effort out of Skip.”
Puig didn’t slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning and got upset after striking out in the third, slamming his bat. He is hitting .346.
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“I wasn’t prepared well for each pitch. It was a good decision,” Puig said through a translator.
Schumaker went 1 for 1 with a walk.
“I wanted to finish the game, but I agreed with the explanation,” Puig said. “The meeting went well. We talked about what every player needs to do to prepare for every pitch.”
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Before Wednesday’s game, Phillips yelled at a reporter for mentioning his .310 on-base percentage over his 95 RBI, which is among the National League leaders. He was batting .355 with runners in scoring position.
• The Baltimore Orioles promoted touted prospect Kevin Gausman from Class AAA Norfolk before their game against Boston and optioned left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to their Gulf Coast League affiliate.