GLENDALE, Ariz. — Maybe the most nerve-wracking thing about Yasmani Grandal’s strained right forearm is that it doesn’t hurt when he’s at rest. So the Dodgers catcher has stood at his locker and dutifully answered questions about the pain and says simply, honestly, that he isn’t in pain.
But then he’ll get back to work and the pain will return, and that’s why he hasn’t appeared in a game since Monday. He won’t be back next Monday, either.
On April 5, 2010, Vicente Padilla started for the Dodgers against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s notable for a handful of reasons. It was Opening Day, and the only time in the last nine years the Dodgers have begun their season on the road against a non-NL West opponent.
It was also the last time someone other than Clayton Kershaw started on Opening Day for the Dodgers. Vicente Padilla. There’s your trivia answer.
SAN DIEGO — Yasmani Grandal would likely not be starting Sunday against the San Diego Padres regardless of his batting line. It’s a day game after a night game, A.J. Ellis hasn’t played in the series, and Brett Anderson (who hasn’t lost a game that Ellis has caught this season) is pitching.
As it stands, Grandal is hitless in his last 33 at-bats, including an 0-for-3 game Saturday in which he was hit by a pitch on his foot. Here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has noticed from Grandal during his slump: