"Just looking at him, he stepped out twice before he hit the ball to center, when he came back in Stan [Conte, team trainer] was paying close attention to him," manager Don Mattingly said, per TrueBlue LA.
He was evaluated after the game and early reports indicated he passed concussion tests. But, the team decided to place him on the DL to give him time to recover. Mattingly did say Grandal had a "mild concussion" and could be able to return in a couple of days.
Rookie Austin Barnes is being promoted from Triple-A to take Grandal's spot on the roster.
After the game, manger Don Mattingly he was unsure if Grandal had suffered a concussion. He will be assessed Saturday for further evaluation, but he did pass concussion tests after a bat hit his mask.
The bottom line is a 7-for-28 stretch that has lowered his batting average from .307 to a still-strong .287. Grandal has been among the pleasant surprises for the Dodgers with a fine .402 on-base percentage. He has 20 walks in 101 at-bats.
Ethier has started 17 of the last 19 games in right field for the Dodgers, and he's been hot at the plate lately. Over his last 10 games, Ethier is hitting .343 with a home run and five RBI.
Grandal meanwhile has started five straight games behind the plate, so Mattingly will give his legs a rest.
"A.J. hasn't been playing a whole lot lately," Mattingly said to MLB.com. "I'm trying to get him in there against left-handers as much as I can. I never worry about A.J. as a [good] teammate. I just want to make sure he doesn't feel slighted. He'll be a bigger part of the mix in the next section of games, when we have day after night, and travel."
Grandal is red-hot at the plate right now, as he owns a ridiculous .500/.590/.900 batting line over his last 10 games, with three of his four home runs this season coming in that stretch. His season batting average is up to .309 as he continues to get regular playing time behind the plate.
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