There’s a new guy in town, and it looks like he’s here to stay.
Bringing Will Smith back up to the Dodgers was a highly anticipated move by the fans, so it’s good news that Dave Roberts said he will be the new primary catcher. This came on his interview on MLB Radio this afternoon.
In the interview, Roberts says Smith will catch Clayton Kershaw on Saturday and Walker Buehler on Sunday. The 24-year-old was originally going to start Friday’s game against the Nats, but the lineup was updated to have Russell Martin catch Hyun-Jin Ryu. When Martin is the backstop, Ryu has a 1.64 ERA, so the pairing makes sense.
Also available today will be first baseman Tyler White, who was added to the 25-man roster on Friday afternoon. The 28-year-old is batting .225 after 71 games with the Houston Astros this year.
In order to make room for White on the roster, the Dodgers placed David Freese on the 10-day injured list. Freese is still dealing with the same strained left hamstring that has caused him trouble earlier this season. He was on the IL earlier this season with the same problem, leading him to miss 15 games between June and July. Since returning to the team on July 12, Freese went 5-for-20 in 10 games, so the Dodgers will not be suffering a huge loss to the bench