Grandal went 3-for-3 with a triple in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Grandal tallied a hit in all three plate appearances, including his second triple of the season, before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning. At what's been a weak offensive position league-wide, the backstop is slashing .238/.350/.467 with 24 long balls and 68 RBI.
Grandal is not in the lineup Sunday against San Diego, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Grandal is hitting just .130 over his last nine games. Austin Barnes will get the call behind the plate Sunday.
Grandal went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Padres. Grandal took Brad Wieck deep in the sixth inning to record his 24th home run of the season. It was only his second long ball since Aug. 29, though he has still managed to drive in eight runs in that span. He remains on course to post his third consecutive season with a slugging percentage north of .450.
Grandal is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies. The backstop will head to the bench against southpaw Kyle Freeland after starting the last four games behind the dish, going just 1-for-13 with a 4:4 K:BB in those starts. With Grandal on the bench, Austin Barnes will start at catcher and hit eighth.
Grandal is not in the lineup against the Cardinals on Thursday. Manager Dave Roberts will deploy eight right-handed-hitting position players for Thursday's series opener versus southpaw Austin Gomber. Austin Barnes will handle the catching duties and bat eighth.
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