Barnes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers. Since Will Smith was activated from the 10-day injured list a week ago, Barnes has settled back in as the Dodgers' No. 2 backstop. He'll sit for the fifth time in seven games since Smith's return.
Barnes is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Mariners. Barnes will head to the bench after going 2-for-2 with a walk and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's win. Keibert Ruiz is starting behind the dish in his place Wednesday.
Barnes went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Mariners. Hitting ninth, Barnes flashed his savvy on the basepaths, twice scoring from second base on singles while also swiping his first bag of the year. The 30-year-old catcher extended his hitting streak to seven games, a stretch during which he's slashing .500/.520/.667, and with Will Smith (neck) sidelined, Barnes seems poised to take full advantage of regular playing time.
Barnes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Barnes had started the past three games in place of Will Smith (neck), who has since been placed on the 10-day injured list. Though Keibert Ruiz will step in to replace him behind the dish in the series finale, Barnes should still see the lion's share of the starts at catcher while Smith is sidelined. Barnes is slashing an underwhelming .250/.286/.350 on the season, but he's been running hot at the plate lately, going 8-for-18 with a home run and a double over his past five games.
Barnes went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a victory over the Padres on Thursday. Barnes was part of a homer-happy Dodgers offense in the win, slugging the fourth of six Los Angeles homers in the game. His first long ball of the season was a two-run shot off reliever Luis Perdomo in the fourth inning. Barnes has shown signs of emerging from a season-long slump over his last three games, going 5-for-9 with four RBI over that span.
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