Yasiel Puig was a late scratch from the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup on Friday because he showed up late to the ballpark.
A tweet from the Los Angeles Times said Puig thought he was supposed to arrive at Dodger Stadium at 10 a.m. for Friday's home opener against the Giants. The Dodgers were supposed to begin stretching at 9:40. Game time Friday is 1 p.m.
Puig was replaced in center field by Matt Kemp.
"There's always mixed emotions," assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. "You like to keep a guy, but there's an opportunity to stay on a 40-man roster and maybe get a 25-man spot. We want to see our guys do well. That's good for him. We're sorry that our roster got to where it got and it forced us to make a tough decision with him."
Kieschnick turned 27 this year.
Whenever the Giants DFA a guy, the beat writers get asked about Angel Villalona, who hit just .231 last season at two levels, has had trouble staying in shape and didn't have a good spring. Villalona, though, is still just 23, and as Evans explained, he has value because he's young and has two options left, so teams could claim him and send him straight to Double-A, hoping he figures it out before they have to make a tough call on him.
"You're looking at the upside," Evans said.
The Giants still believe there's upside with Villalona, who is back at Double-A Richmond.
Wire services contributed to this report.