January 20, 2021

Dodgers News: Will Smith Headed to Injured List, Keibert Ruiz Called Up from USC (Dodgers Nation)



On Saturday, the Dodgers announced that catcher Will Smith would be heading to the 10-day injured list with neck stiffness. The move is retroactive to August 12. In a corresponding roster move, catcher Keibert Ruiz was recalled from the alternate site at USC.

On Wednesday, Smith aggravated a neck injury he first sustained in a collision with San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr at Petco Park on August 3. After Friday night’s victory over the Angels, manager Dave Roberts mentioned that while Smith was improving…

With Will, just sort of mild improvement. He’s still really stiff, not pain, but the stiffness in moving his head side to side.

Smith has been a victim of bad batted ball luck in 2020, batting only .188 on the back of a .154 BABIP. He has 2 home runs and 8 RBI in 14 games. He will hit the 10-day Injured List  with inflammation in his neck, and the Dodgers will be backdating it to August 13th. 

Ruiz

The 22-year-old Keibert Ruiz is…

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