Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cubs after four innings.
The Dodgers did not announce a reason for the move, though the team said Puig was not injured. Manager Don Mattingly already had a short bench, with 12 position players and 13 pitchers on the active roster.
Puig made a pair of nonchalant catches in the outfield in the top of the fourth inning and did not return for the fifth. He also did not slide into second base in the first inning on Carl Crawford's double-play grounder.
After his removal, Puig went into the clubhouse for a few minutes before returning to the dugout.
Puig started in right field and hit leadoff. He drew a walk and struck out against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson. Skip Schumaker replaced Puig in the field in the top of the fifth.
Puig spent the rest of the game in the dugout. One inning he sat at the far end of the bench in the sun, alone, bouncing a baseball, with teammates giving him plenty of space. Later, he resumed interacting with teammates.
Eight days earlier, Puig was left out of the starting lineup after throwing a dugout tantrum because of a called strike by home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck. He entered that game in a double-switch and homered. At the time, Mattingly said the day off was a baseball decision as Puig was 0-for-11 at the plate. That same day, Puig was late to the ballpark and was fined by Mattingly.
--- Source: MLB.com