Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says his demotion to Triple A has taught him humility, though he would have preferred to be traded rather than sent to the minors.
Puig was sent down to the Dodgers' Triple A affiliate in Oklahoma City right after the trade deadline, and was placed on revocable waivers this weekend, meaning any team that claims him off waivers can then negotiate a trade with Los Angeles.
"Watching the Dodgers being in first place, it's very difficult," Puig said to ESPN. "The moment I arrived in L.A., people were crazy for me—50 to 60 thousand people [cheering] at the stadium. I got used to that amount of fans.
The Dodgers are 1.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West with a 73–58 record.
"[Playing in the minors] is something that has taught me humility, and I am very grateful," he said. "I do not know what the future will hold in the next few hours. I don't know where I will go. I don't know my fate. God only knows my destiny, and I am here to fulfill it. He gave me many opportunities, the way [the Dodgers] did, and I put myself in this situation."
Puig was also apologetic to manager Dave Roberts and former manager Don Mattingly for his unpredictable behavior.
"I keep hitting. I'm behaving. I'm doing the work I have to do," Puig said. "What I did wrong before and I have been doing better the last two or three weeks that I've been here."
Puig, 25, was hitting .260 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs at the time he was demoted. In 18 games for Oklahoma City, Puig is now hitting .369 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.
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