By Jon Weisman
Yasmani Grandal has become the first Dodger to be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list since Major League Baseball created the option in 2011.
In another first, 25-year-old Austin Barnes has been called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City and will be making his Major League debut as soon as he enters a game. For starters, however, A.J. Ellis is behind the plate in tonight’s lineup.
Barnes has pro experience at second and third base, as we discussed in February, but the Dodgers have used him exclusively at catcher in 2015. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder has three passed balls in 248 innings while throwing out nine of 23 attempting to steal.
At the plate for Oklahoma City, Barnes has a .390 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage, continuing a career long trend of walking more than striking out. In a current eight-game hitting streak, he is 11-for-30 (.367) and has struck out one time in his past 50 plate appearances.