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Back in LA, Puig late for NLCS ring presentation



LOS ANGELES – Yasiel Puig was late arriving at Dodger Stadium Monday when he returned to Los Angeles for the first time since being traded to Cincinnati Reds.

The Cuban star failed to call his National League Championship series in person from Dodger's owner Mark Walter and other front office staff.

They presented the jewelry to former Dodgers Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer during an informal gathering outside Red's clubhouse.

"Only six of us share little stories, say hello and more so we thank them for what they did to help us achieve what we accomplished last year and wish them well," said Dodger's boss Dave Roberts.

about missing the collection, Puig said: "He can send the ring to my cabinet or give it to me when batting exercise. He can give me it personally, I don't care. "

Roberts chuckled when asked if he was happy to be on the other team now when Puig's name comes up.

" Yes h, I'm happy, "he said, smiling.

Roberts said he and Puig "is good", and they have had contact via a text message and a phone call during spring training.

"This guy did many things in society and helped Dodgers to do very good things, said the manager.

Puig also appeared 70 minutes late for a scheduled press conference with local media.

He took questions in English and Spanish for several minutes when Dodgers closer to Kenley Jansen suddenly appeared behind a television cabinet to greet Puig with a hug.

"Papi", Puig said as the former teammates embraced.

Red's manager David Bell said Puig has "absolutely" been punctual with his new team.

"But that wouldn't be the first thing I'd talk about," he said. "It would be more about how he played the game and his teammate he has been. He has been outstanding. We love having him here."

Puig was part of a seven player deal with Cincinnati in December that included Kemp, Wood and Farmers.

The Cuban challenger was set to bathe third, just before Kemp, in the opener of the three-game series.

Turner Ward, the former Dodgers coach who is employed in the same role for Reds, worked in the batting cage when Walter, president of the baseball operation Andrew Friedman, team president Stan Kasten and Roberts went over to the visitors' clubhouse to present the rings.

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