Dodgers News: Will Smith Activated, JD Martinez Heads to Injured List
The Dodgers have officially activated catcher Will Smith off the seven-day concussion injured list. To make room on the active roster, the team placed designated hitter J.D. Martinez on the 10-day IL with lower back tightness retroactive to April 25th.
This came as part of a greater series of moves ahead of Friday’s game and the start of the homestand in LA.
Smith has been out for over two weeks now. He took three foul balls off the mask in San Francisco and wasn’t feeling well for a few days. The Dodgers ultimately ended up placing him on the seven-day IL, and signed Austin Wynns as catching depth.
Wynns will survive for the time being as Martinez heads to the IL and Smith starts at DH in his return to game action. There’s a chance Wynns could survive through the weekend until shortstop Miguel Rojas is potentially activated as soon as Monday.
Martinez has been among the Dodgers leaders in offensive production with 19 extra base hits (most on the team), 15 RBI (third most) and an .840 OPS (third base).
The Dodgers have missed Smith dearly, and should be very excited to get him back in the lineup.
Before he went down with the injury, Smith was among one of the hottest hitters in baseball, slashing .333/.417/.641 with three home runs, three doubles and 12 RBIs.
The Dodgers have struggled to hit without him in the lineup, and should take an offensive leap now that their No. 3 hitter is back.
The Dodgers were extra cautious in bringing him back, so he should be 100 percent ready to jump right back into the everyday lineup. He’ll to be at designated hitter on Friday, and could be back in the lineup at catcher on Saturday.
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