Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was reportedly arrested for a handful of charges over the weekend.
Authorities explained that the 22-year-old outfielder was picked up by police in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Puig spent some time inside the Hamilton County jail before being released. He’s expected to appear in court on May 14.
Online records revealed that Yasiel Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving, speeding, and driving without proof of insurance. However, no further details about the prospect’s brush with the law have been released as of this writing.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti released a short statement on the matter. Although the 22-year-old outfielder will likely face consequences from the team, Colletti stopped short of revealing what sort of punishment the professional player would face as a result of his arrest.
“We’re aware of it… we take it seriously. We’ll be handling discipline internally,” the Dodgers general manager explained.
Yasiel Puig signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Los Angeles team last June. Although the outfielder performed very well during Spring Training, managers sent him to the Chattanooga Lookouts to sharpen his skills on and off the field.
Former major league pitcher Eddie Oropesa has been assigned to be a mentor and interpreter to Yasiel during his training. Team managers, concerned about Puig’s maturity, are hoping Oropesa could help the prospect with his transition to the big leagues.
The Dodgers prospect had been batting.333 with a handful of RBIs and three home runs when he was added to the disabled list. Puig reportedly sprained his thumb roughly eight days ago.
big dodgers prospect yasiel puig cited for going 97 in a 50-mph zone. drake britton (redsox 111 mph man) shrugs at that.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) April 29, 2013
A day after being arrested for reckless driving here in Chatt, Dodgers No.2 prospect Yasiel Puig is off DL and batting 3rd for CHA.
— Chris Harris (@CHarris731) April 29, 2013
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