Ahead of play on Saturday, the Dodgers placed catcher Russell Martin on the bereavement list and recalled catcher Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The Los Angeles #Dodgers announced that they have recalled catcher Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed catcher Russell Martin on the bereavement list.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 24, 2019
Barnes has had a fairly successful run with OKC, batting .250 in 20 games while adding 6 home runs. He hit 5 of those homers in consecutive games. Prior to his demotion to AAA, he had a triple slash line of .196/.288/.328 with 5 home runs and 23 runs batted in over 70 games.
Russell Martin will miss 3 games at minimum, but no more than 7 during his stay on bereavement. He has struggled of late, going 0 for his last 17 to being his season average down to .207.
Here is more from the official press release:
Barnes, 29, returns to the Dodgers after being optioned on July 25. In 70 games prior to the demotion, he batted .196 (40-for-204) with 10 doubles, five homers and 23 RBI with the Dodgers. He played in 20 games for Oklahoma City, batting .250 (19-for-76) with six homers and 16 RBI. In parts of five Major League seasons with the Dodgers, he has amassed 17 homers and 78 RBI with a .227 batting average.
Martin, 36, has appeared in 69 games for the Dodgers, hitting .207 (36-for-174) with four homers and 15 RBI. On August 7, he delivered his 10th game-ending RBI with a two-run single in the ninth inning against the Cardinals. It was his first walk-off hit in a Dodger uniform since April 21, 2007 against Pittsburgh. The backstop has played in 1,679 games, recording 189 homers and 766 RBI in his 14-year Major League career.
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