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Dodgers: Will Smith Leaves Game Early With Neck Soreness



The Dodgers don’t have many Major League ready catchers at hand. So when Will Smith left the game in the 5th inning, fans were understandably concerned. It was worse given the fact that Barnes was the only available backup catcher left to utilize. The team was left open to having no catcher should Barnes be injured in the same game. 

Later in the game, it was announced that Smith had left with neck soreness. It’s unclear how he hurt his neck, whether offensively or defensively. Smith did ground into a double play in his only at-bat of the Dodgers win over the Padres. 

Smith has experienced a slow start to the season offensively. On the bright side, a lot of that can be attributed to plenty of bad luck. Smith has one of the highest expected wOBA on the team with the second-largest actual differential. That means that he is hitting the ball very well, but just not finding holes in the defense. The Dodgers would likely need to lean heavily on Austin Barnes should Smith need to sit out. 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had previously said that Will Smith would start 3 of 4 games against San Diego. With Barnes having started the game before, that would mean Smith was lined up to start on Thursday. Austin Barnes will now be getting the start in his place to give Smith a day off. Roberts did say that Smith was feeling okay and that they would feel it out Thursday morning. 

Up Next for the Dodgers

The Dodgers play one more against San Diego on Thursday night. Julio Urias will get the ball and go head-to-head with Chris Paddack. After that, Los Angeles heads down the 5 freeway to take on the Angels in a three-game series this weekend. 

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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. Will had a collision and had several foul balls hit him on the head. he was smart to get himself out of a game before any more he got injured worse. This is the time you need to get Russell Martin signed. Russell is still fit and can play other positions. Wake up Dodgers, you’re better than this.

  2. I wonder if Russell Martin’s skills have diminished since last year or what? He never said he was ready to retire. Very strange that they never re-signed him with no comment, unless I missed something. If Smith misses much time we are flat out screwed at the catching position. Give one of the rookies a shot, anything but Barnes.

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