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April 30, 2021 03:44 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Pinch-hit RBI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 3, 2021 04:36 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: In lineup as expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes (hand) will catch and bat eighth Saturday against the Rockies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Barnes left Thursday's season opener with a cut on his hand following a collision at home plate. He didn't appear in Friday's contest but is ready to go again Saturday, starting ahead of Will Smith for the second time in the first three games.

April 2, 2021 12:16 AM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Suffers cuts to hand
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes sustained cuts to his hand during a play at the plate Thursday against the Rockies, but he's still expected to start Saturday, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

Barnes exited Thursday's contest in the seventh inning but appears to have avoided serious injury. Will Smith is apparently slated to work behind the plate Friday, though that likely would have been the case regardless of Barnes' injury.

April 1, 2021 11:28 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Exits with apparent hand injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes exited Thursday's game against the Rockies after looking at his right hand, Juan Toribio of reports.

Barnes was attempting to field a throw at home plate when C.J. Cron slid into him, which appeared to be the cause of the injury. Will Smith replaced Barnes and would likely gain playing time should Barnes be forced to miss further game action.

April 1, 2021 03:04 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Draws Opening Day start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes is starting Thursday's game against the Rockies, Juan Toribio of reports.

Barnes was recently described by manager Dave Roberts as a "1A option" behind the plate and is expected to serve in a timeshare with Will Smith this season. While Smith should see slightly more playing time this year, Barnes will start at catcher for Thursday's Opening Day matchup, batting eighth.

March 2, 2021 02:16 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Viewed as option 1A behind plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes' role with the Dodgers this season is expected to lean more toward a timeshare than a traditional backup situation, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Manager Dave Roberts suggested that both Barnes and Will Smith will play important roles behind the plate for the club this season, though he wasn't precise about how their playing time will shake out. "If you look at timeshare, I guess [Barnes is] a backup, but I don't see it as such," Roberts said. "I think it's a 1 and 1A. They're both very valuable, and I think that we've done a good job of using both of them and exploiting strengths and things to help us win baseball games." While Smith is clearly the more talented offensive performer, Barnes' ability to handle the pitching staff has allowed him to carve out a fair amount of playing time. The Dodgers often deployed Barnes behind the dish while slotting Smith at DH during the playoffs last season, but with the designated hitter out of the National League for 2021, that scenario is no longer an option. Smith is still expected to get the majority of the starts for Los Angeles, but he may not handle as large of a workload behind the plate as most everyday catchers.

February 14, 2021 08:56 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Avoids arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes agreed to a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Dodgers on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Barnes will avoid arbitration with the Dodgers by reaching a two-year deal with the team ahead of spring training. The 31-year-old should serve in a reserve role behind the plate once again in 2021 after slashing .244/.353/.314 with one home run and nine RBI over 86 at-bats last season.

October 24, 2020 11:00 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Slugs homer in Game 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in Game 3 of the World Series against the Rays on Friday.

Barnes drove in his first run in the fourth inning on a safety squeeze, laying down an effective bunt along the first-base line. He followed that up with a solo home run in his next at-bat, putting the Dodgers up 6-1. It was Barnes' first home run of the postseason, though he's managed a strong .350/.381/.500 line across 22 plate appearances overall.

August 30, 2020 02:40 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Playing time tails off
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 19, 2020 05:16 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Sitting Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 19, 2020 09:04 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Sparks offense in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 16, 2020 02:32 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Not starting Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Ken Gurnick of 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.

August 14, 2020 01:44 AM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Goes deep Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 10, 2020 03:16 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: In timeshare with Will Smith
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants, Eric Stephen of reports.

Barnes and Will Smith have been deployed in a fairly even timeshare behind the dish this season, with Barnes having started seven games to Smith's nine. Though the Dodgers value Barnes for his defensive skills, he's been the inferior fantasy option of the two thus far, slashing .091/.167/.091 with two RBI and one run entering play Sunday.

July 23, 2020 04:48 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: In line for Opening Day nod
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Dave Roberts said in an appearance Thursday on the "Off Air with Joe and Orel" podcast that Barnes will be behind the plate in the Dodgers' Opening Day game against the Giants, Eric Stephen of reports.

Roberts indicated that he expects Will Smith to start three of the Dodgers' first five games, suggesting that he's still Option 1A in the team's timeshare at catcher. The more defensive-minded Barnes looks like he could settle in as a full-time battery mate for Clayton Kershaw, who will take the hill for his franchise-record ninth Opening Day start.

July 21, 2020 06:56 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Starting exhibition matchup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes (hand) is starting behind the plate and batting ninth in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Angels, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

The 30-year-old was hit on his left hand during Sunday's exhibition contest, but his quick return to the field indicates it isn't a serious issue. Barnes should be ready for Thursday's season opener against the Giants, and he's expected to serve as the backup catcher to starter Will Smith.

July 21, 2020 11:28 AM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Catches bullpen session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes tested his injured left hand by catching Clayton Kershaw's bullpen session Monday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

Barnes appears to have avoided a significant injury after getting plunked on his left hand in an exhibition game Sunday. In addition to catching the bullpen -- it bears mentioning that the affected hand is Barnes' glove hand -- the backstop was also slated to take batting practice Monday. He is expected to take part in the team's exhibition game against the Angels on Tuesday and should be good to go for Opening Day.

July 20, 2020 06:20 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: X-ray negative
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes (hand) underwent an X-ray Sunday that came back negative, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

Barnes left Sunday's exhibition game after being hit by a pitch on his left hand, but he appears to have avoided a major injury. He'll be held out Monday, but the team hopes to allow him to return Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, Barnes should be ready for Opening Day.

July 20, 2020 06:20 PM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Exits with apparent injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes left Sunday's exhibition game with an apparent left hand injury, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

Barnes was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the bottom of the fourth inning, and he was replaced behind the dish in the fifth frame as a result. The exact nature and severity of the injury are unclear. If he's healthy, Barnes should serve as the Dodgers' backup catcher to begin the season, though comments made by manager Dave Roberts this spring suggest that Barnes and Will Smith could split time.

May 28, 2020 01:36 AM
Dodgers' Austin Barnes: Staying sharp during hiatus
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barnes has been able to both hit and catch during the suspension of play, he stated in an interview with John Hartung of Spectrum SportsNet LA on Wednesday.

"I'm able to play catch. I'm able to hit a little bit, find a cage here and there," Barnes explained. The 30-year-old indicated that he "feels good" and is ready to go should a second spring training take place in the weeks ahead. Barnes is slated to back up Will Smith behind the plate this season, though the two may approach something close to a split based on comments made by manager Dave Roberts before play was halted.

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