After suffering what the Los Angeles Dodgers believed to be a mild concussion, Yasmani Grandal was placed on the seven-day disabled list and eventually sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City to serve as a designated hitter over a three-game stretch.
Grandal went 3-for-10 with one double, five walks and three strikeouts in his rehab stint, was ejected in the fifth inning Wednesday after being called out on strikes, and got a firsthand look at Corey Seager.
All one of the Dodgers’ top prospects did was go 6-for-6 Thursday, which included his first opposite field home run of the season. For as hot of a bat as Seager swung, he came up a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
Grandal joined the Dodgers in St. Louis Friday and provided his account of Seager’s impressive game, via Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
He wasn’t missing a pitch down there, no matter if you threw it lefty or righty,” Grandal said. “It didn’t matter. Really impressed by him. He’s got really good hands at short, too. He made a couple of good plays up the middle. But the bat really impressed me. Not too many guys go six for six and miss a cycle because he hit the ball too hard.”
Grandal added more context as to why Seager was robbed of a triple:
It was a ground-rule double, but it could have been an easy triple for him,” Grandal said. “They were kind of playing him to left field because there was a lefty throwing,” Grandal said. “Just pulled it down the right-field line. The fence comes in to about 315, so the ball just bounced over.”
Grandal hit second, in front of Seager, in his first two games with OKC, then was placed in the cleanup spot, behind Seager, Thursday. Seager debuted in Triple-A when the month began and needed some time to settle in.
In the four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Triple-A affiliate), Seager went 13-for-18 with three home runs, four doubles and 10 RBIs. The 21-year-old shortstop is now batting .311/.354/.472 in 26 Triple-A games.
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