October 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yasiel Puig has been scratched from the starting lineup after arriving late for the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener.
The rest of the team was already on the field stretching before batting practice on Friday while Puig was getting dressed in the clubhouse. He had been slated to start in right field against the San Francisco Giants.
Instead, Matt Kemp replaced Puig after manager Don Mattingly had earlier said Kemp wouldn't start. Kemp came off the disabled list on Friday, and according to Mattingly, Kemp was upset when initially told that he wasn't in the lineup.
Kemp has been rehabbing from left ankle and shoulder operations. He was limited to 279 games during the last two seasons because of injuries.
Puig, last year's runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year, is 5 for 20 through the first five games of the season.