The 29-year-old Barnes appeared in 40 games for the Dodgers before being sidelined with a left groin strain on May 27. In 40 games this season, the backstop is hitting .231 (27-for-117) with four homers and 15 RBI. Barnes appeared in two rehab games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Smith, 24, played in six games in his first stint with the Dodgers. He hit .286 (6-for-23) with two homers and three RBI. On May 31, he became the first Dodger player to record his first career homer in walk-off fashion since Dioner Navarro on August 12, 2005.
Speaking with David Vassegh of AM 570 L.A. Sports on Thursday, Smith seemed very confident in his skills after making hios MLB debut.
“I’m confident now. I know I can play here. I know it’s where I belong, but it’s what the team decides and I can’t control that.”
By no stretch of the imagination have fans of the Dodgers seen the last of Will Smith.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)