GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBSLA.com/AP) — Yasiel Puig is reportedly down two chompers at the same time TMZ is reporting the Dodger slugger is thinking of buying a chopper — helicopter that is — to better get around traffic-clogged LA streets.
Puig participated in his first full spring training workout with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
Puig missed the Dodgers’ first full workout of spring yesterday after getting two wisdom teeth removed from the left side of his mouth.
Through a translator Friday, Puig — at the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch training complex — said he was “feeling a lot better, thanks for asking.”
Puig says his dentist told him to get the teeth pulled quickly before the Dodgers got too deep into spring.
Puig has been in Arizona for a week.
The outfielder still hasn’t received any potential disciplinary penalty under baseball’s new domestic-violence policy after a reported altercation with his sister and a bouncer at a Miami nightclub last November.
Through his young career, he’s been fined for being late, and TMZ reported that Puig recently got the idea to buy his own helicopter to speed him around the city.
Recently on Instagram, he’s posted photos of himself in a helicopter and a video of him flying around the LA skyline. He says, “What a city, so awesome.”
The cost of the chopper is about $350,o00, according to TMZ.
However, Andy McCullough, who covers the Dodgers for the LA Times, reports Puig has been told that federal law would prohibit him from landing any aircraft at or near the stadium.
McCullough wrote Friday, “The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits aircraft activity near stadiums holding events for Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NCAA or NASCAR, an FAA official explained. The law does not ban activity near NBA arenas. Kobe Bryant has chartered helicopters to Lakers games in years past.”