Dodgers manager Dave Roberts provided an update on injured catcher Austin Barnes.
Austin Barnes will be playing rehab games at Rancho Cucamonga twice this week and expects to be activated to catch Kershaw’s next start. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) June 2, 2019
Barnes, who is on the IL with a mild groin strain, will participate in two rehab games with Rancho and is expected to return to the starting lineup on Friday when Clayton Kershaw toes the rubber against the Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco.
This unfortunately spells bad news for rookie backstop Will Smith, who will be optioned back to triple-A OKC.
#Dodgers notes: Now this is a story about how … Will Smith has done in his first week as a big-leaguer. But Dave Roberts said Smith will be heading back to OKC when Austin Barnes is ready to playhttps://t.co/VAytPykeX7
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 2, 2019
The “Fresh Prince of Chavez Ravine” is just coming off of hitting his first career home run (of the walk-off variety) and is posting a .273/.273/.364 triple slash line through his first 3 games and 11 plate appearances.
Barnes has slashed .231/.345/.393 in 40 games this season. More importantly, he had been on a tear over the week prior to his groin injury, having batted .438/.571/.563 in 5 games.