If you were expecting Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal to apologize for the way that he plays, you might want to lower your expectations by more than just a tad. He’s not going to apologize for it one bit. Nor should he.
The 27-year old catcher is entering his second season as a member of the Dodgers. He was previously in the San Diego Padres organization prior to the team trading him to Los Angeles in the Matt Kemp deal in December 2014.
“I play the sport hard,” Grandal said on the day that Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to the desert. “I go hard 100 percent every day. At some point, you are bound to get hurt if you go 100 percent.”
This is the type of quote you love to hear out of a player on your team. No one wants a player who isn’t going to give it his all out there, and if giving it your all leads to some injuries then you’ll just have to live with that.
Grandal didn’t stop there, either:
“A lot of times I’ve been put as this guy who gets hurt all the time, where my injuries have been caused by something else and it hasn’t been my body breaking down,” he said. “It hasn’t been that I haven’t been healthy, it’s just one of those things.”
He’s not entirely wrong, either. As Padilla writes, Grandal’s shoulder injury last season was the result of him being hit by a pitch. His knee injury in 2013, as Padilla says, was due to Anthony Rendon sliding into him.
The offseason shoulder surgery for Grandal went well according to reports, so this is a step in the right direction for him. We all hope that he can put together a full, healthy, season for the team. From the sound of it, he’s going to give it everything he’s got.