It was learned yesterday that Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal would possibly be missing the beginning the season due to starting it on the disabled list. Now, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, it appears that manager Dave Roberts is “still hopeful” Grandal will play on April 4th.
Grandal has been dealing with forearm soreness for the last little while, and his absence has worried those who expected big things out of the 27-year old catcher. The Dodgers acquired Grandal last offseason in the Matt Kemp deal with the San Diego Padres. He hit .234 last season over 115 games.
From Ken Gurnick, beat reporter for the Los Angeles Dodgers on MLB dot com:
Roberts said still hopeful Grandal will be active for opener.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 27, 2016
While the manager is still being “hopeful” that his best catcher will be active for the season opening game in San Diego, it still doesn’t mean that’s what indeed will happen. Perhaps Roberts is just encouraged by what he’s seen from Grandal over the last day or two and thinks the catcher can make it back.
Either way, the Dodgers should probably take a cautious approach with Grandal. After all, he did put up a slash line of .295/.400/.513 prior to his shoulder injury in August of last season. You don’t want a repeat of something similar to that, and you need him fully healthy for the stretch run.
Whether or not Grandal is active for the season opener probably doesn’t matter, but if he is then that’s a major boost to a team that is dealing with a plethora of injuries so far during spring training. Hopefully Grandal is able to get healthy for the opener. The team definitely will need him this season.