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Dodgers News: David Freese Placed on IL; Will Smith Recalled

The second coming of the Will Smith era comes at the cost of an injured veteran.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith (16) hits a base hit to left field during a MLB game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 31, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Today the Dodgers placed first baseman David Freese on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain. To take his roster spot, they recalled catcher Will Smith from triple-A OKC.

Last night we found out that David Freese was unavailable for even pinch hitting duty. He has slashed .308/.407/.592 on the season with 8 home runs and 23 RBI. His 10-day IL stint is retroactive to June 21.

This will be the second stay in Los Angeles for Will Smith, who batted .286 with 2 HR and 3 RBI in his first 6 game stint. Since being optioned to OKC, Smith has beat up on Pacific Coast League pitching by hitting 6 home runs — including one in 5 consecutive games — and posting a .293 average with a 1.180 OPS

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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