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MLB Roundup: Yasiel Puig delaying his own rebound with tardy trip to Triple-A

Yasiel Puig's best chance to bounce back is to rebuild his approach, but he can't do that until he gets to work down in Triple-A. Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire

Generally, a player assigned to a minor league team is expected to report to his next team within 72 hours, although there are ways for a team or a player to navigate around that rule. But most men in the generations of players who have been demoted report immediately -- within 24 to 48 hours -- in acknowledgement of the logic that nothing can be gained by waiting and that something can be lost in how you are perceived.

This is Day 6 since Yasiel Puig learned the Dodgers would either trade him or send him to the minor leagues, and he still has not reported to Triple-A, writes Bill Shaikin, who adds that Puig is expected to play Sunday. He’s only hurting himself and deferring the work he needs to do to get back to the major leagues, and Puig’s procrastination only affirms the general perception of him as a player who struggles to make the adjustments he has to make in order to get back to being an effective major league player.

Puig’s pattern of tardiness and frustrating teammates has generated a lot of attention, but that is all ancillary to the central problem for Puig in the eyes of many evaluators, including some within the Dodgers organization: He needs to develop a consistent process for hitting, and carry that through with a plan at the plate. For now, that’s the fastest way for him to get back to the big leagues.

Puig’s OPS has declined from .925 in his mercurial season of 2013, when he got top-10 votes for MVP despite playing in only 104 games, to .706 this season. The plan of opposing pitchers and catchers has been the same for most of the past three seasons: Fastballs up and in, breaking balls low and away. Puig has not adapted to that, flailing recklessly. "I've seen him swing at pitches in the left-handed batter's box," a longtime evaluator said.