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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.
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.”
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.