Thompson was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday with lower back irritation. The Dodgers were forced to make a move with Thompson's discomfort persisting through the All-Star break, but with a backdated stint Thompson will be eligible to return in just 10 days. Zach Walters was recalled to provide depth in the meantime, while Andrew Toles and Scott Van Slyke figure to share time in center, at least until Joc Pederson (shoulder) is cleared to return.
Thompson is not in Friday's lineup due to side tightness, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. The news comes from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts as he reported that the issue cropped up in Sunday's game and has lingered through the All-Star break. It's likely he'll be day-to-day but it's something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Thompson is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. The 25-year-old doubled in Thursday's game but is just 4-for-28 with 10 strikeouts to begin July after a .207/.298/.402 month of June. He will give way to Andrew Toles in center field Friday and Thompson may find himself sitting fairly often once Joc Pederson (shoulder) is cleared to return.
Thompson went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Thursday against the Brewers. The outfielder has seen some of his starts dwindle away since Yasiel Puig returned from the DL on June 21. It also doesn't help that Thompson hit just .195 in 87 at-bats this month, dropping his average nearly 30 points from where it sat at the end of May. The 25-year-old sophomore outfielder is still a valuable asset, but fantasy owners may want to temper expectations moving forward into the second half of the season.
Thompson is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. Thompson's playing time is directly related to the presence of Yasiel Puig, and over the four games that Puig has been back, Thompson has received two starts. He should still see enough at-bats to provide modest value in deeper formats, but the outfielder isn't doing fantasy owners any favors with his current 0-for-14 slump. For the time being, Thompson appears poised for a soft platoon in center field, as at-bats against right-handed pitching will not be guaranteed.