Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has struggled at the plate since he was struck by a foul ball in his left shoulder. (Associated Press photo)
CINCINNATI — The scary part about Yasmani Grandal
‘s left shoulder injury is twofold.
For one thing, it isn’t going away. The first time he missed a game back on Aug. 13, Grandal characterized the problem as a mere bruise. He only missed the one game and was back on the field the next day. But clearly, Grandal still wasn’t right at the plate. He collected one hit, a single, in his next 16 plate appearances, driving his slugging percentage to .471, the lowest it’s been since June.
The other problem, the really scary one, is that it isn’t just a shoulder injury anymore.
“It went down to the ribs, the back of my neck,” he said. “It started at the traps, went to the neck, back, left rib, right rib. The past couple days it’s gotten better.”
CINCINNATI — Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, who has 10 hits in 53 August plate appearances, might not be available Tuesday and Wednesday against the Reds because of a sore left shoulder.
Don Mattingly addressed Grandal’s health Tuesday afternoon:
Grandal first mentioned the symptoms to reporters on Aug. 13 and was given a game off that day as a precaution. At the time, Grandal said his shoulder was bruised when he was struck by a foul tip, and downplayed the issue as minor. He has one hit and three walks in 16 plate appearances since.
A.J. Ellis is behind the plate Tuesday catching Alex Wood.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t follow his usual script for catchers Yasmani Grandal (left) and A.J. Ellis this weekend. (Associated Press photo)
HOUSTON — Yasmani Grandal has caught Zack Greinke‘s last 15 starts, including Saturday, and 23 of 25 overall this season. He probably would’ve caught a 24th had he not missed a week in May because of a concussion.
PITTSBURGH — The Pirates initiated three challenges in their 6-5 win over the Dodgers on Saturday and won them all. The Dodgers challenged one call on the field and lost.
In a one-run game, that mattered a lot.
PHILADELPHIA — The Dodgers activated A.J. Ellis from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Ellis hasn’t played since July 19 because of pain in his right knee. Austin Barnes, roundly hugged in the Dodgers’ clubhouse after Sunday’s win over the Angels, was predictably optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Barnes appeared in four games in his latest major league stint. He had three hits in 12 plate appearances.
Yasmani Grandal, not Ellis, will catch Alex Wood‘s Dodgers debut today against the Philadelphia Phillies.