ST. LOUIS — Yasmani Grandal had a locker in the Dodges’ clubhouse Friday and, unlike the last few days in Salt Lake City, his catching equipment.
“They sent me out with a glove,” he said. “That’s it.”
One day after he was struck in the hand by a foul tip, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was able to throw a baseball. He isn’t starting the 1 p.m. game against the Giants (Yasmani Grandal is) but manager Don Mattingly said that Ellis has been cleared to back up.
“It was just a matter of how sore he was going to be today,” Mattingly said. “I think he kept the ice on as much as he could and he’s doing good today.”
Scott Van Slyke is the emergency third catcher.
As of roughly 11:30 a.m., Ellis still hadn’t hit in the batting cage, but he could easily get a few hacks in before the game and be able to hit. He may also only be available to catch.
Ellis probably wouldn’t have started anyway, with the Giants sending right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to the mound.