McKinney was traded from the Mets to the Dodgers on Wednesday in exchange for outfielder Carlos Rincon. McKinney was cast off the Mets' 40-man roster Friday, but he'll now join the Dodgers going forward. The 26-year-old has slashed .220/.304/.473 with five homers, 15 runs and 14 RBI in 39 major-league games this season. Since he has no minor-league options remaining, McKinney will report to Los Angeles and serve as a depth piece in the outfield.
McKinney was designated for assignment by the Mets on Friday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. The Mets are finally fully healthy after being decimated by injuries early in the season, leading to McKinney losing his spot on the 40-man roster. He was a solid fill-in during his time in New York with a .220/.304/.473 slash line with five homers, 14 RBI and 15 runs in 39 games, and he could be claimed off waivers by another outfield-needy team. J.D. Davis (hand) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
McKinney is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with Atlanta. Atlanta hasn't announced whether lefty Kyle Muller or righty Ian Anderson will serve as its starting pitcher for Game 1, but the lefty-hitting McKinney will nonetheless find himself on the bench for the third game in a row. McKinney has sat against a pair of southpaws (Jon Lester and Patrick Corbin) the past two days, so he would still seem to have a hold on a strong-side platoon role in the corner outfield for now. McKinney will presumably shift into a reserve role when Michael Conforto (hamstring) and Brandon Nimmo (finger) are likely reinstated from the injured list by the end of the week.
McKinney is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. With southpaw Patrick Corbin on the hill for Washington, the lefty-hitting McKinney will head to the bench for the series finale. Albert Almora will take McKinney's spot in the outfield, manning center and batting seventh.
McKinney isn't starting Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals. McKinney had started each of the last six games, but he'll get a breather after he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Saturday's matinee. Kevin Pillar will shift to right field while Albert Almora starts in center field.
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