Thompson went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in Monday's 5-3 win over the Rockies. The Rockies' Jose Iglesias opened the scoring with a solo shot in the fifth inning, but Thompson answered with a three-run blast a half-inning later. Thompson is 3-for-11 in four games in July, while all three of those hits have gone for extra bases (one homer, two doubles). The outfielder is slashing .224/.296/.408 with two long balls, 10 RBI, five runs scored, a stolen base and three doubles in 54 plate appearances between the Dodgers and the Padres this year. Chris Taylor (ankle) appeared to aggravate an injury Monday, so Thompson could enjoy a little short-term boost in playing time in the outfield.
Thompson isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres. Thompson went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and a strikeout Friday, but he'll be out of the lineup for the second time in the last three games. Chris Taylor is shifting to right field while Jake Lamb serves as the designated hitter.
Thompson isn't starting Thursday's game against the Padres, Kirsten Watson of SportsNet LA reports. Thompson started in five consecutive games ahead of Wednesday's series finale against the Rockies, but he'll remain out of the lineup for a second consecutive matchup during Thursday's series opener against the Padres. Jake Lamb is serving as the designated hitter while Chris Taylor starts in right field.
Thompson is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. He'll retreat to the bench after he started each of the past five games in right field while going 4-for-18 with a walk, a stolen base and two RBI. Eddy Alvarez will replace Thompson in the outfield.
Thompson will start in right field and bat seventh in Tuesday's game against the Rockies. The righty-hitting Thompson finds himself in the lineup while the Rockies bring a lefty (Kyle Freeland) to the hill, but the journeyman outfielder drew starts each of the last three times the Dodgers faced right-handed pitchers as well. At least for the time being, Thompson looks to have settled into a near-everyday role in the corner outfield while Mookie Betts (rib) remains on the injured list and while Zach McKinstry (neck) is day-to-day. Though Thompson contributed two runs and a stolen base across his last four starts, he struck out seven times during that stretch. He'll likely need to show a better plate approach to ensure he sticks in an everyday role for the duration of Betts' absence.
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