Franklin Gutierrez

Dodgers backup Austin Barnes could see more time at catcher as playoffs approach

Dodgers backup Austin Barnes could see more time at catcher as playoffs approach

On Thursday night, in the midst of a blowout loss to Colorado, Yasmani Grandal mishandled a pitch from Brock Stewart and let it drift behind him. A run scored, and Grandal was charged with his 15th passed ball in 2017. He leads all catchers in the majors in that category.

A day later, Austin Barnes started behind the plate, even with the Rockies using a right-handed starting pitcher. As the playoffs approach, Barnes could see more time at catcher, in addition to his usual starts against left-handed pitchers.

Manager Dave Roberts stressed on Friday that he felt Grandal could benefit from a day off. He has...

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