Grandal is coming off season-ending knee surgery, and has been brought along slowly. He's yet to appear in a spring game. Grandal hit .216/.352/.341 in 88 at-bats prior to his injury last year.
Grandal is coming off season-ending knee surgery, and he will not catch in games any time soon. Once he's ready to debut, Grandal will likely do so as a hitter. When he's able to catch back to back games, the team will consider carrying him on the 25-man roster.
Grandal hit .216/.352/.341 in 88 at-bats last season.
Grandal said the aim of his new stance was to take some pressure of his surgically repaired knee. He's replaced a leg kick with a toe tap, and lowered his hands. The changes have been encouraging thus far, according to Grandal. "I hit a ball over the top of the batter’s eye [during batting practice]. I don’t think I’ve ever done that," Grandal said. Grandal is hoping the changes help his rediscover the success he had during his rookie season.
Last year, Grandal hit .216/.352/.341 in 88 at-bats in the majors.
Bud Black appears to be coming around to the possibility of
"Watching him (Wednesday) doing some agility drills on the field, we're really encouraged about how he's moving and what he's doing on the field," Black told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "You talk to the doctors, you talk to the therapists, you talk to the strength guys, they are really - I don't want to say amazed - but they are extremely happy with his progression."
Nick Hundley is considered the starter on the team depth chart, but Grandal would likely usurp that role if he proves himself healthy.
Grandal has been optimistic about being ready for opening day, but the team has been more hesitant about projecting such a lofty goal. Well, it seems the Padres are changing their tune, according to U-T San Diego.
"He says he feels good and he certainly looks good," general manager Josh Byrnes said of Grandal. "Opening day is possible for him. But that day simply starts a six or seven-month process. We have to hold him back somewhat during spring training even if he feels 100 percent. We will monitor him during spring training."
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