Smith (neck) isn't in the lineup Thursday against the Padres. Smith exited Wednesday's game with neck soreness, and the issue is severe enough to keep him out of the lineup for the team's series finale against the Padres. Manager Dave Roberts said that he probably won't start Friday either, but he's unlikely to land on the injured list. Austin Barnes will start behind the dish Thursday.
Smith was removed from Wednesday's game against the Padres with a sore neck, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports. The 25-year-old went 0-for-1 before exiting during the fifth inning, and the severity of the injury remains unclear. Austin Barnes took over behind the plate and will start Thursday's contest, while Smith is considered day-to-day, per Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register.
Smith is not starting Tuesday against the Padres. Austin Barnes will start behind the plate Tuesday. Smith still has the slight edge in starts this season, catching 10 games compared to eight for Barnes.
Smith is not starting Saturday against the Giants. Smith and Austin Barnes have split the playing time very evenly behind the plate this season, with Smith starting eight games and Barnes starting seven. Barnes will catch Clayton Kershaw in Saturday's contest.
Smith went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Friday's victory over the Giants. Down 0-2 on the count, Smith hit his second home run of the season, this time a two-run shot off Jeff Samardzija in the fourth inning. Both of Smith's long balls have been against the Giants this year. The 25-year-old backstop is hitting .231/.364/.500 across 26 at-bats.
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