GLENDALE, Ariz. — Catcher Yasmani Grandal was removed from the Dodgers’ Cactus league game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday after two innings and one at-bat. No reason was immediately given.
As he left the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Grandal insisted that he was healthy but had to leave for a doctor’s appointment.
Austin Barnes took over as the Dodgers’ catcher in the third inning.
Update (4:10 p.m.): Dave Roberts clarified that Grandal was removed as a precaution, after the manager noticed a grimace on Grandal’s face when he struck out in the second inning.
“He did feel a little bit of soreness,” Roberts said. “Once he said he felt something with his swing in that forearm, at that point knowing he had something later in the day I felt, ‘let’s just get him out right then’.”
The doctor’s appointment was not related to the pain in Grandal’s forearm — actually, both forearms — and Roberts said that Grandal was only scheduled to catch five innings and get three plate appearances if healthy.
A.J. Ellis is expected to catch tomorrow’s game against the Kansas City Royals. The Dodgers do not play Wednesday.
Grandal had been bothered by the pain in his forearms earlier in camp.