Saturday night’s loss to the Braves hurt the Dodgers in more ways than 1. Clayton Kershaw got hit hard and the offense could not break through despite Atlanta committing a few costly errors. LA also had to work around a short bench with Max Muncy out.
In the top of the 4th innings, Austin Barnes hit a ball to shortstop Dansby Swanson that he airmailed to first, pulling Freddie Freeman off of the bag. While trying to avoid the tag, the DOdgers catcher stepped awkwardly on the bag.
And while the Dodgers did score a run on that play, Barnes appeared to be in some pain. He limped up and down the first baseline before appearing to talk the medical staff into leaving him in the game. Barnes finished out 8 innings of the game before being replaced behind the plate in a double switch.
After the game, Dave Roberts revealed that Barnes had suffered a mild sprain of the ankle. The Dodgers will wait until he comes in Sunday morning for the game to evaluate him. That could include testing such as x-rays.
While the hope is that Barnes will be able to stay active since he stayed in the game, the Dodgers do have options. Keibert Ruiz is always there and ready to go in Triple-A, and he has hit very well this past week with them.
Updates coming tomorrow.