With three days off in the span of a week, it came as a bit of a surprise that Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds, even with a left-hander on the mound.
But there was the starting lineup and Grandal was not there, leaving A.J. Ellis to be behind the plate for the series opener. After a slow start to the season, Ellis has been a capable backup with a .305 batting average and .446 on-base percentage since June 1. However, he does not bring the power and overall presence at the plate that Grandal can bring and that’s why the younger catcher has been the primary guy.
According to JP Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Grandal is sitting for reasons that don’t involve who is on the mound:
Yasmani Grandal expected to sit Tuesday and Wednesday; left shoulder issue is lingering. #Dodgers
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) August 25, 2015
Grandal sat a day back on August 13 with that shoulder soreness, but was back in the lineup the next day. He has just one hit in the five games he’s been in since though, and with a day off on Sunday plus the actual day off on Monday, Grandal could possibly rest four days.
It’s not expected to be a situation that will cost Grandal any time on the disabled list according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Grandal not expected to land on DL.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 25, 2015
Grandal is sitting at .275/.383/.471 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs in 94 games this season after being acquired in the trade that sent Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres. He was an All-Star for the first time and has worked well with the Dodgers pitching staff.
The Dodgers need him healthy and back in the lineup for the final month of the season.