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Dodgers’ Austin Barnes Leaves Game with Apparent Injury

Starting catcher Austin Barnes sustained what looks like a groin injury on Sunday

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats in the eighth inning of the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 5-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes was removed from Sunday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

At first glance, it looked like the injury was related to his groin, and he was clearly favoring it on his path back to the dugout upon the conclusion of the inning. Dave Vassegh later confirmed this.

Russell Martin replaced him in the game.

The trainers went out to check on Barnes at second base, where he injured himself rounding the bag. It was a questionable decision to allow Barnes to continue considering the score of the game at the time was 10 to 3, in favor of the Boys in Blue.

Vassegh later provided the update from Dave Roberts

More to come for sure on this after a long flight from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles.

On the season, Austin Barnes has held a 96 wRC+ this season and has amassed 0.7 WAR in 39 games.

Impact

Should Barnes be out long-term, it would not come as a surprise to see the red-hot Will Smith up with the big club. However, this injury does not appear to be serious. Waiting on results of tests or the like will be a better indicator of the severity of his injury.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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