Yasmani Grandal’s shoulder pain has spread, but he hopes to play Thursday.

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has struggled at the plate since he was struck by a foul ball in his left shoulder. (Associated Press photo)

CINCINNATI — The scary part about Yasmani Grandal‘s left shoulder injury is twofold.

For one thing, it isn’t going away. The first time he missed a game back on Aug. 13, Grandal characterized the problem as a mere bruise. He only missed the one game and was back on the field the next day. But clearly, Grandal still wasn’t right at the plate. He collected one hit, a single, in his next 16 plate appearances, driving his slugging percentage to .471, the lowest it’s been since June.

The other problem, the really scary one, is that it isn’t just a shoulder injury anymore.

“It went down to the ribs, the back of my neck,” he said. “It started at the traps, went to the neck, back, left rib, right rib. The past couple days it’s gotten better.”

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Why A.J. Ellis, and not Yasmani Grandal, started against a right-handed pitcher Sunday.

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn’t follow his usual script for catchers Yasmani Grandal (left) and A.J. Ellis this weekend. (Associated Press photo)

HOUSTON — Yasmani Grandal has caught Zack Greinke‘s last 15 starts, including Saturday, and 23 of 25 overall this season. He probably would’ve caught a 24th had he not missed a week in May because of a concussion.
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