The Dodgers paid a hefty price for Yasmani Grandal last year, and for the first half, it seemed like a stroke of genius. He hit .282 with 14 home runs and a .927 OPS, earning a trip to the All-Star game. It was all downhill from there, though, as he hit .162 with two homers and a .498 OPS after the break. Granted, he was battling an injury to his AC joint that ultimately required surgery, and it was a known issue at the time, costing him at-bats down the stretch. Still, because he couldn't sustain that kind of production over a full season, it's fair to wonder what exactly his upside is. Grandal walks more than most catchers and clearly has some power, but with all the question marks, he should be one of the last of the top 12 drafted at the position.
Grandal (shoulder) was cleared to swing from both sides of the plate Friday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Grandal continues to work his way back from left shoulder surgery, and clearance to swing certainly represents a step in the right direction. Fortunately, the left shoulder issue really only impacts the backstop in the batter's box, as he throws with his right hand like nearly every other catcher. Barring something unforeseen, the 27-year-old should be on track to serve as the Dodgers' primary catcher once again in 2016 despite an underwhelming second half in 2015.
Grandal agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Grandal was the centerpiece of a trade that brought sent Matt Kemp to the Padres in 2014. While his first half of the season was promising, he tanked in the second half to finish with just a .234/.353/.403 batting line. Despite the downfall, he should once again serve as the Dodgers' primary catcher in 2016.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal will have surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday, but is expected to be ready for spring training, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports. Shoulders can be tricky, so we probably won't have much of a timetable until shortly after the surgery.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) is in the lineup Thursday for Game 5 against the Mets. Grandal wasn't able to start in Game 4 as he was dealing with a minor shoulder injury, however with the season on the line it looks like the 26-year-old will get the start against the Mets on Thursday. He will hit sixth in the order and take over behind the plate.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said catcher Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) is "50-50" to play in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. A left shoulder injury, suffered in Monday's Game 3, kept Grandal on the bench for Game 4 of the series, though it may have been a blessing in disguise as Clayton Kershaw and A.J. Ellis worked well together in the victory. Grandal was available to pinch-hit Tuesday and figures to be again in that capacity Thursday if he isn't cleared to return to the lineup.