Grandal went 3-for-3 with a solo home run Sunday against the Angels. Grandal took Deck McGuire deep in the second inning to record his 13th home run of the season. He heads into the All-Star break on a hot stretch, recording 14 hits in 34 at-bats with two home runs, six runs scored and seven RBI since the calendar flipped to July.
Grandal is on the bench for Saturday's game against the Angels. Grandal continues to sit against most lefties and will do so again with Andrew Heaney on the mound. Austin Barnes will start behind the plate in his place.
Grandal is out of the lineup for the second day in a row Wednesday against the Padres. Austin Barnes will make his second straight start and his third start in four games. Grandal has now sat against the last seven lefties the Dodgers have faced, including Joey Lucchesi on Wednesday. Grandal is a switch hitter, but he does have a platoon split, posting a 119 career wRC+ against righties compared to a 103 wRC+ against lefties. The right-handed Barnes has a similar split in the opposite direction (118 wRC+ against lefties and 98 wRC+ against righties), so it would make sense for the platoon to continue moving forward.
Grandal is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Padres, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. He will sit for the second time in the last four games, in part because southpaw Eric Lauer is toeing the rubber for the Padres. Austin Barnes will start behind the dish and hit eighth.
Grandal is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels. Austin Barnes will check in behind the plate while Grandal receives a maintenance day in the series finale. Grandal had started each of the Dodgers' previous five games at catcher, going 6-for-15 with four extra-base knocks, seven walks, five runs and five RBi in those contests.