National League Player of the Month shows up late to the ballpark — again.

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On the same day he was named National League player of the month, Yasiel Puig was a few minutes late to Dodger Stadium. Manager Don Mattingly scheduled early pregame drills, so players were expected to be in uniform approximately 20 minutes earlier than usual.

“I don’t think he understands the system today,” Mattingly said of Puig.

Is that an issue?

“Yeah it will be,” Mattingly said a few hours before the game.

Whatever Puig’s punishment was, it didn’t keep him from starting the game in right field. Much like Opening Day, when Puig was so late that he missed his scheduled BP turn, the Dodgers are treating Puig’s tardiness as an oversight.

“It’s not like he’s trying to hide it,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think he quite understood the concept.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.