Yasmani Grandal was awaiting word of his MRI results on his forearm, and now they are in. The catcher has “nothing of significant damage” right now, and the Los Angeles Dodgers can at least rest easy knowing that he doesn’t have anything really major going on there. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that there is no definitive timetable for Grandal’s return to the lineup, and there’s no telling whether or not he’ll be fully ready for opening day when it kicks off on April 4th. That’s the nature with injuries like this, unfortunately, and the team just has to ride it out for now.
“They didn’t set a date yet,” Grandal said. “All they said was ‘Hey, we don’t want to go out there too soon and [reinjure] it again. Let’s just step back and work on different things.’ It’s not like I feel bad when I’m playing or anything. I feel like I’m ready. If the season was to start tonight, I could start tonight.”
In his own words, Grandal does feel that he would be able to begin the season if it started today. So, that’s fantastic news. However, there’s still no telling what this forearm issue could be, and it is a bit worrisome that it still nags him constantly. It’s something that will need to be resolved.
The Dodgers do have the depth behind him to give him days off here and there, but Grandal is a major part of the team. He was fantastic before his shoulder injury in August of last season, and the hope is that he’s able to rekindle that type of performance again, but being healthy is the only way he can do that.