Dodgers News: Will Smith Still ‘Days Away’ From Returning Following Concussion
Dodgers starting catcher Will Smith, who was off to a scorching hot start this season, remains without a firm timetable for a return. Smith, who suffered a concussion last Wednesday, was placed on the seven-day injured list.
Smith is technically eligible to return to the lineup on Thursday in the series opener versus the Cubs in Chicago, however, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Tuesday that Smith is still “days away” from returning.
“Will’s getting better each day. We’re still a ways out for me — he’s still got to catch bullpens, work up a sweat, get his heart rate up. Kind of go through the regular preparation for us to feel confident that he won’t have a setback. He’s days away at the minimum.”Via SportsNet LA
The Dodgers are going to be extra cautious with Smith, which is exactly what he said he wanted. Roberts did say Smith will be with the team on the road trip, however, he said “Thursday is not going to happen.”
This is tough news for the Dodgers, whose lineup has missed Smith over the last six games. However, a concussion is not something you want to rush back from, so it makes perfect sense for the Dodgers to wait until Smith checks every box before making a return.
In his absence, the two Austins — Barnes and Wynns — will continue to play. Barnes has struggled to start the season, going 1-for-22 to open the year. As for Wynns, he looked really good in his first game on Monday, getting a two-run double and throwing out a base stealer.
Wynns is sure to get more opportunitues as the Dodgers await their star catcher’s return. On the year, Smith is slashing .333/.417/.641 with three home runs, three doubles and 12 RBIs.
Get well soon, Will!
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