WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal left in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals after he was hit in the mask with a foul tip off the bat of Michael Taylor.
A.J. Ellis caught the final four innings.
Grandal was unable to open his jaw for a time, and was still experiencing pain and swelling in his temporomandibular joint when he spoke after the game.
“It’s hard to bite down,” he said. “I don’t usually get out of games. I’ve gotten hit more than enough times in my jaw and taken a lot of hard hits. It’s basically what the jaw did more than anything else — it went back and to the side. I felt more like a crack.”
X-rays did not reveal any broken bones, but Grandal will undergo a CT scan in Atlanta before he’s cleared. The Dodgers could recall a player from the minor leagues Monday, or at least have one on standby just in case.
“I just got scared, just because when I messed up my knee I messed it up here,” Grandal said, referring to the torn ACL he suffered in July 2013. “When I play here, my anxiety is out of proportion. I’m trying not to do anything crazy just so I can get out of here healthy.”
“It could’ve been dangerous for us and it still can be,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Maybe we dodged a bullet.”