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Dodgers: Austin Barnes Leaves Game After Hit By Pitch

The Dodgers catcher had to receive X-Rays after being hit on the hand.



It’s never a good thing when players get injured during meaningless games. Dodgers fans know that feeling all too well after losing Justin Turner for a good chunk of the 2018 season after a Spring Training injury. 

So it’s understandable that Dodgers fans held their collective breath when Austin Barnes took a heater off of his left hand in an exhibition game against the Diamondbacks on Sunday evening. Barnes stayed in the game to run but was replaced in the next inning defensively by Rocky Gale.

The way it sounded from the television, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to hear that Barnes had broken bones. The noise the ball made when it hit his hand almost sounded like it had struck his bat, but it was all hand. Thankfully, the Dodgers got him in for x-rays on his hand very quickly. 

Right after the game was over, the Dodgers released that Barnes’ x-rays were negative and that he would sit out the game tomorrow. The team expects him back in the exhibition games against the Angels on Tuesday.

In terms of depth, losing a catcher at this point is probably the worst thing that could happen to the Dodgers. After Rocky Gale, Will Smith is the only other catcher aside from Barnes that is ready to play at the big league level. The Dodgers also have Keibert Ruiz, who has not reported to camp, as well as Diego Cartaya.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. They got Lamb on the hand later so that’s good. Dbacks being dirty as usual, they know our catching situation isn’t the best and we can’t afford to lose someone even a .200 hitter

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