Dodgers 'very disappointed' with Yasiel Puig arrest

Dec. 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers said Sunday they are "very disappointed" with the weekend arrest of star outfielder Yasiel Puig on reckless driving charges.

The Florida Highway Patrol told the Los Angeles Times the star slugger was pulled over Saturday after allegedly driving 110 mph on a stretch of Interstate 75 near Naples, Fla.

Authorities said the 23-year-old Cuban slugger was arrested along Florida's "Alligator Alley" at 9:30 a.m. and booked into Collier County Jail on charges of reckless driving.

He was later released on a $500 "self cash bond," a jailer told the Naples Daily News.

It was second such charge aimed at Puig this year. In April he was arrested and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- those charges were later dismissed.

"We have spoken to Yasiel and made it clear that we, as an organization, are very disappointed in his recent behavior," the Dodgers said. "This is a very serious issue to us and we will continue to educate him and strive to further develop his growth off the field and as a member of this community."

Puig defected from Cuba and signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Dodgers in 2012.

This past season he finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting after batting .319 with 19 home runs, 42 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 104 games for the NL West champs.

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