‘Odds are decreasing’ that Yasmani Grandal will be healthy by Opening Day.

Yasmani Grandal

Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, hasn’t played since Monday. (Getty Images)

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.
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Corey Seager set to return to Dodgers ‘in the next few days.’

Corey Seager

Corey Seager sprained his left knee rounding first base in the Dodgers’ 8-4 loss to the Angels on March 12. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Corey Seager had a smile on his face Friday. The 21-year-old shortstop got four plate appearances in minor league games at Camelback Ranch for the second straight day.
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Yasmani Grandal’s MRI is negative, but catcher won’t hit or throw until Sunday.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Yasmani Grandal has been told not to hit or throw until Sunday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts couldn’t affirm Thursday that the catcher will be ready to go once the regular season begins April 4.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the MRI on Grandal’s right forearm came back negative, so the catcher was able to downplay the severity of the injury.

“It’s not a contusion,” Roberts said. “I don’t know if it’s a muscle strain with the forearm. With those hitting drills he was doing, it kind of flared up.”

Roberts said that Grandal would be able to get at-bats in minor league games to make up for lost time. But he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Grandal beginning the season on the disabled list.

“If you look at his at-bats this spring, he hasn’t had many,” Roberts said. “To get him back in a major league game optimistically Monday, you’re up against the calendar. And that’s taking out any other setbacks. For us, it’s making sure we do whatever we can to get him healthy, so he can sustain being on the field for multiple days.”

Watch: Dodgers pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez, 20, touches 100 mph in Single-A game.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his longest outing of spring training so far, Dodgers pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez was clocked at 100 mph on the radar gun in his third and final inning of a Single-A game against the Kansas City Royals at Camelback Ranch.

Two of the three scouts I spoke with had the 20-year-old clocked at 100; the other had him topping out at 99.

The Dodgers are expected to assign Alvarez to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga or Great Lakes to begin the season. Alvarez, who is from Cuba, signed with the Dodgers for a $16 million bonus last July.