Dodgers News: Wednesday To Be Important Day For Will Smith’s Return Picture
Dodgers catcher Will Smith has been out for two weeks now with a concussion. He sustained the injury on April 12 in a game against the Giants, and the Dodgers have been extra cautious with bringing him back — as they should be.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wanted to make sure Smith was 100 percent before bringing him back, which is why he’s now missed two weeks. However, Smith is definitely progressing, and is nearing a return to action.
On Tuesday, Roberts spoke to reporters, and said that Smith was checking all the boxes to make a return soon. Smith put in a full workout before the game on Tuesday, catching a “a few bullpens,” and hitting during batting practice, according to Roberts. The Dodgers manager said Wednesday will be “pretty telling” in terms of where Smith is at in terms of his recovery, and how soon he’ll be able to make a return.
“Today was a good day for Will from what I understand,” Roberts said. “Tomorrow we’re going to bring in a [minor league] pitcher for guys to take some at-bats against during our early work. Miguel Rojas and Will is going to take some at-bats, so that’ll also be pretty telling.”
The Dodgers lineup has missed Smith, who was slashing 333/.417/.641 with three home runs, three doubles and 12 RBIs in 11 games this season. Austin Barnes and Austin Wynns have been below-average replacements, which has made the loss of Smith even larger.
However, we’re still only in April, so it’s much better for the Dodgers to take their time with bringing Smith back, especially when dealing with an injury as serious as a concussion. The Dodgers are doing everything right as they work Smith back, and if all goes according to plan, we could see him back in the lineup as early as this weekend in Los Angeles.
Whenever he comes back, the Dodgers lineup will be very happy to have him. But for now, they’ll continue to rely on Barnes and Wynns, and hope to get some more production out of them.
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