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Dodgers News: Catcher Austin Barnes Exits Thursday’s Game Early After Getting Hit by Pitch

Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes was forced to exit the Dodgers’ 6-0 win over the Reds on Thursday early after getting hit by a pitch on the right hand.

Barnes was looked at by the trainers, and was able to remain in the game to run the bases. However, as the Dodgers came out defensively for the bottom of the ninth inning, Will Smith was coming in to replace Barnes.

Obviously the Dodgers had no reason to keep Barnes in the game with a 6-0 lead, but he was holding his right hand as he exited the dugout and went down to the clubhouse.

We hope that Barnes is okay, and we should have an update on him sooner or later from manager Dave Roberts after the game.

We don’t want to speculate too much, but if Barnes is unable to play this weekend against the Phillies, the Dodgers will have to bring a catcher along to Philadelphia to back up Smith.

We’ll continue to update you when we know more on Barnes, so stay tuned on

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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