In the wake up Yasmani Grandal’s concussion sustained Friday night against the San Diego Padres, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly recounted when he sustained a concussion as a player with the New York Yankees.
It involved breaking up a double play, getting hit in the head by Rex Hudler and a funny story about Yankees trainer Steve Donohue.
Mattingly stayed in the game but admitted he had been knocked out. The new rules for a concussion by Major League Baseball are designed to protect players from concussions. Grandal is on the seven-day disabled list to give him time to recover.
Throughout the season, Dodgers manager has reiterated that he does not view Justin Turner as a player who can play six or seven times a week.
Turner is batting .288 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 35 games and has been one of the Dodgers’ more consistent hitters.
Mattingly said he tries to use Turner as much as he can and said Turner’s knees prevent him from being that everyday guy, at least for now.
Two rehabbing Dodgers pitchers will take the next step in their progressions next week.
Reliever Brandon League and starting pitcher Brandon Beachy are both scheduled to go to the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona, while the rest of the team travels to St. Louis on Friday.
League has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a right shoulder impingement. Beachy is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and was signed in the offseason as a low-risk, high-potential pitcher. To this point in the season, League and Beachy had been traveling with the team on almost every road trip.
Beachy is scheduled to throw live batting practice for the third time Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.