The bad news just keeps rolling in for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and this has to do with catcher Yasmani Grandal. After dealing with a shoulder injury that effectively rendered him useless back in August of last season, it appears that Grandal is dealing with an all new type of ailment right now.
Grandal is experiencing some soreness in his right forearm, but it’s a peculiar type of soreness for a player who has been dealing with all sorts of issues throughout his professional career. It could be nothing, but it could also be something that derails his season before it even begins. The Dodgers have to be careful.
The Dodgers catcher suggested that his soreness is the result of overcompensating in other areas as he returns from offseason shoulder surgery, portraying it as nothing out of the ordinary.
This would make sense. In theory, you can definitely overcompensate and have it lead to another type of injury on the other side. For instance, you hurt your left knee so you constantly put more weight on your right knee which then leaves your right knee feeling the stress and pain of that treatment.
However, that doesn’t mean that people are truly worried:
“It’s just something that’s nagging, so I don’t think it’s something that’s going to linger or affect the regular season,” [president of baseball operations Andrew] Friedman said.
It’s definitely a little warming to know that no one is really overly worried with how everything has gone on the injury front as far as Grandal is concerned. It at least gives you some comfort to know they’re not freaking out about it. Then again, no one thought the Andre Ethier injury was going to be much.
The hope is that Yasmani Grandal does not miss any significant time with this injury, and that he’s able to produce at a rate that he was doing before the shoulder injury of last season. Prior to that injury, Grandal put up a slash line of .295/.400/.513 with 15 home runs in 311 plate appearances.