McKinney was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hip impingement Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. McKinney started Thursday's game against the Cardinals and went 0-for-2, but he apparently suffered a hip injury in the loss. It's not yet clear whether he'll be forced to miss more than the minimum of 10 days, but Matt Beaty was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the active roster.
McKinney will start in right field and bat seventh Sunday against the Rockies, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. McKinney will step into the lineup for a resting Mookie Betts, but the former's playing time is expected to trend down after the latter returned from the injured list Thursday. Since McKinney was acquired from the Mets on July 21, he's turned in a .167/.307/.264 slash line across 29 games with the Dodgers.
McKinney went 1-for-3 with a solo home run as Los Angeles defeated Pittsburgh on Monday. Making his fourth straight start, McKinney came through with a seventh-inning home run to right to knot the score at 1-1. The journeyman outfielder is slashing a subpar .175/.314/.281 in 20 games since being acquired from the Mets, but he still occupies a sizable role as the fourth outfielder with Los Angeles facing a number of injuries.
McKinney will start in right field and bat eighth Sunday against the Mets, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Mookie Betts' (hip) recent move to the injured list has reopened playing time in right field for McKinney, who will stay in the lineup for a third straight game. However, with Justin Turner (groin) returning from a five-game absence Sunday and AJ Pollock sitting out the series finale with the Mets merely for maintenance purposes, McKinney could soon move into a fourth-outfielder role. Assuming Turner is fit to play third base on an everyday basis moving forward, Chris Taylor would likely shift to the outfield and start alongside Cody Bellinger and Pollock in most contests.
McKinney remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. McKinney opened August as a regular for the Dodgers in right field, but he's since moved into a reserve role with Mookie Betts making his way back from the injured list. The Dodgers also reinstated Trea Turner from the COVID-19 IL on Friday, and his addition is expected to result in Chris Taylor spending more time in the outfield. With all of Betts, Taylor, AJ Pollock and Cody Bellinger ahead of him in the pecking order for outfield reps, McKinney's opportunities will likely be scarce in the weeks to come.
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