Dodgers News: Yasmani Grandal Diagnosed With Shoulder Inflammation

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Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers have recently been struck by the injury bug as three players have suffered strained hamstrings and trips to the 15-day disabled list. The injury trend continued to a certain extent when Jimmy Rollins and Yasmani Grandal sat out of Monday’s victory against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Rollins’ X-rays came back negative and he will likely miss a few days as he recovers from an injured finger on his throwing hand. Grandal has been dealing with a sore left shoulder since August, but has only sat a few games due to the injury. He underwent an MRI and the results are in.

According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Grandal will play out the season with an inflamed left shoulder:

Grandal, who came to the Dodgers as part of the trade that sent Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, has put together a solid season at catcher that earned him an All-Star spot. He has posted a .253/.367/.434 line to go along with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.

He has also performed on defense posting a .996 fielding percentage and has caught 21 batters who attempted to steal a base on him.

Though his season has been one highlighted by success, Grandal has struggled in the second half of the season. He has only appeared in 33 games and has posted a .194/.294/.243 line as opposed to a .282/.401/.526 line in the first half.

Struggling or not, Grandal brings a sense of consistency behind the plate and there is hope he’ll be available to play very very soon:

Grandal will be available down the stretch and is expected to contribute as the playoffs approach. A.J. Ellis will be the primary catcher while Austin Barnes could fill in until Grandal is ready to go.


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