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Top prospect Puig arrested in Tennessee

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested Sunday morning and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance.

Puig was arrested by police in Chattanooga, Tenn., and spent a short time in the Hamilton County jail before he was released. Puig has a hearing in Hamilton County court scheduled for May 14.

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"We're aware of it ... we take it seriously," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. "We'll be handling discipline internally."

Puig, the organization's top prospect, signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers last June. The outfielder hit .517 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 27 games during Spring Training, but the Dodgers assigned him to Double-A Chattanooga because management believed he needed seasoning in the subtle parts of the game and wanted him to play every day.

Puig is hitting .333 with three homers and nine RBIs in 13 games with Chattanooga. He went on the seven-day disabled list on April 20 with a sprained left thumb and has not played since April 18.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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