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Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Racks up three hits Friday
Barnes went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI in a loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Barnes started for the third time in five days with primary catcher Will Smith nursing a pectoral issue. The backup backstop responded with his first three-hit effort of the campaign. Barnes has seen limited action this season, but he has hit well when given the chance, compiling a .286/.359/.600 slash line with three homers, eight RBI and seven runs through 39 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Swats third homer
Barnes went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a 7-0 win over the Cubs in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
He launched a solo shot off Drew Smyly in the fourth inning before wrapping up the scoring in the contest with a two-run single in the eighth. Barnes is taking full advantage of his limited opportunities behind Will Smith this season, and the 32-year-old backstop has a .972 OPS and three homers in only 25 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Displaying power early on
Barnes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout Wednesday against the Twins.
Barnes was on the back end of three consecutive homers for the Dodgers in the eighth inning. He now has a pair of bombs early this season, which is notable considering he only left the yard six times across 225 plate appearances in 2021. Barnes will yield the majority of the playing time behind the plate to Will Smith, though he's made the most of his opportunity early on in the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Homers in season debut
Barnes went 2-for-3 with a home run in Saturday's loss against the Rockies.
The backstop made his season debut Saturday and took German Marquez deep in the top of the third inning. He was the only player to record multiple hits for the Dodgers in this game, but he's not expected to become the regular catcher for the Dodgers.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Back in spring lineup
Barnes (head) will start at catcher and bat seventh in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rockies, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Just as manager Dave Roberts suggested Wednesday would be the case, Barnes is back in action following a two-day breather after he was struck in the catcher's mask by a foul tip in Monday's game against the White Sox. Barnes passed all concussion tests administered after exiting Monday's contest, and after experiencing no setbacks in the two days that followed, he'll be ready to handle his normal duties behind the plate. He'll likely form a battery with Clayton Kershaw on the days the veteran lefty pitches, but beyond that, Barnes may only get an additional start or two per week while No. 1 backstop Will Smith is at full health.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Clears concussion testing
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Barnes passed all concussion testing and is considered day-to-day, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Barnes was fortunate to avoid the concussion after he exited Monday's Cactus League game against the White Sox upon taking a foul tip to his catcher's mask. Roberts suggested that the veteran backstop would likely remain out of the lineup for a couple more days before checking back in behind the dish by the end of the week.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Exits after foul tip
Barnes left Monday's exhibition against the White Sox early after taking a foul tip to his catcher's mask, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Skipper Dave Roberts noted after the game that Barnes was feeling "a little foggy" after the foul tip, so the team decided to exercise caution by removing him. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward and will be re-evaluated Tuesday, per Toribio.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Swats sixth homer
Barnes went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a 4-3 win over Atlanta on Wednesday.
Barnes gave primary catcher Will Smith a breather and contributed to the win with a third-inning solo shot to left field. The long ball was his second in his past three games and sixth overall this season. Though Barnes and Smith opened the campaign in a semi-timeshare, the latter's offensive performance -- Smith leads all NL catchers with 22 homers -- has propelled him to a clear-cut role as the team's top option behind the plate. Barnes has tallied 195 plate appearances this season to Smith's 414.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Gets offense started Thursday
Barnes went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Thursday's 4-0 win over San Diego.
Barnes opened the scoring in the third inning when he sent a Yu Darvish offering over the left-center field wall. The blast was the first since July 24 for the veteran catcher, who had entered the night hitless in nine at-bats over his prior nine games. Barnes is slashing .218/.314/.352 with five homers and 19 RBI in 189 plate appearances this season behind starter Will Smith.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Launches decisive homer
Barnes went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a 1-0 triumph over Colorado on Saturday.
Barnes went deep off Colorado starter Kyle Freeland in the second for the game's single run and provided two of only seven hits in the contest. It was the backstop's first home run since June 22 and he's now 5-for-9 over his last three games.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Scores twice in rout
Barnes went 0-for-4 with a walk and two runs Saturday in the Dodgers' 22-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
Barnes benefited from the rest of the Los Angeles lineup teeing off on the beleaguered Arizona pitching staff, as he came around to score on a pair of extra-base hits with the bases loaded. The veteran backstop's .208/.327/.328 is serviceable enough for a catcher, but he's unlikely to cut into Will Smith's playing time because of it.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Socks solo homer
Barnes hit a solo home run in a pinch-hit appearance during Tuesday's loss to San Diego.
The Dodgers' offense was quiet most of the game but pushed across a run in the eighth frame. With the team trailing by two in the ninth, Barnes was called upon to pinch hit and cut the deficit in half with a solo shot off Mark Melancon. The long ball accounted for his first RBI in what has been a rough month for the backstop -- he is batting only .174 in June, though he has worked five walks to register a respectable .321 OBP.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Resting Friday
Barnes was not in Friday's lineup despite Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers, but manager Dave Roberts says it was just a standard day off after he started Thursday, Dodger Insider reports.
Will Smith will catch Kershaw for the first time this year and just the second time since the start of last season. Barnes recently returned from an ankle injury, so the team didn't want him to catch on back-to-back days.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Starting in series finale
Barnes (ankle) will start at catcher and bat eighth Thursday against the Pirates, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Barnes hadn't started since picking up a mild ankle sprain Saturday against Atlanta, but he was still available if needed the past few days while No. 1 backstop Will Smith caught the past three games for Los Angeles. Smith will get a breather for the day game after a night game, paving the way for Barnes to return to action. The 31-year-old should regularly serve as Clayton Kershaw's primary battery mate, but Barnes can't be counted on to pick up more than one or two additional starts per week with Smith clearly entrenched as the starter.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Expected back Thursday
Manager Dave Roberts said Barnes' ankle is feeling better, and the catcher is expected to rejoin the lineup Thursday in Pittsburgh, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 31-year-old was deemed healthy by Roberts after exiting Saturday's game with a mild ankle sprain, but the injury has apparently lingered over the past couple days. The fact the Dodgers haven't added another catcher to the roster indicates the issue isn't a serious concern, so Barnes could be available off the bench Tuesday and Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Deemed healthy by skipper
Barnes (ankle) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta, but manager Dave Roberts said that 31-year-old will be available to catch the Dodgers' next two games if needed, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Los Angeles' decision not to bring up another catcher from the minors would seem to support the notion that the mild ankle sprain Barnes picked up in Saturday's game isn't anything that will cost him time. No. 1 catcher Will Smith will be back behind the plate for Sunday's series finale, but Barnes should be ready to contribute off the bench.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Dealing with mild ankle sprain
Barnes suffered a minor ankle sprain during Saturday's loss to Atlanta according to manager Dave Roberts, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Barnes was initially able to remain in the game, but did exit later in the contest as a result of a double switch that Roberts utilized for strategic purposes. Per Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register, Roberts said that Will Smith was slated to get the start behind the plate Sunday anyway, but that Barnes is expected to be available as a defensive replacement if needed.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Second home run in four games
Barnes went 1-for-1 with a three-run home run in an 8-5 loss to the Giants on Friday.
Barnes pinch hit with two out and two on in the ninth with the Dodgers down 5-2 and smashed a game-tying home run to left for his second home run on the season. The backstop is a quality player but doesn't receive enough run on a mighty Los Angeles team to be a viable option in most leagues.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Cranks first home run in 2021
Barnes went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Giants.
Barnes hit his first home run of the season off Jarlin Garcia in the fifth inning. The 31-year-old is slashing .227/.346/.318 in 79 plate appearances. He has 10 RBI and seven runs to along with his only home run. Barnes serves as the backup catcher behind Will Smith.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Pinch-hit RBI
Barnes was 1-for-1 with an RBI single as the Dodgers lost to the Brewers, 2-1 on Thursday.
Barnes pinch hit for Trevor Bauer and drove home Chris Taylor with two outs in the ninth to bring the Dodgers within one run in the eventual losing effort. It was just the third hit for the backstop over the last two weeks.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 5-10, 190 lbs|
|Birthplace: Fullerton, CA|
|School: Arizona State|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|