Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 1 week ago

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is expected to return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves after being struck in the head by a foul ball over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times. Grandal was hit in the mask by a foul tip during Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, but X-rays on his jaw came back negative and he was able to pinch-hit Monday.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 2 weeks ago

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal was feared to have a broken jaw after taking a foul tip off his helmet Sunday against the Washington Nationals, but X-rays were negative, according to the Orange County Register. Grandal left the game after getting hit and will be evaluated Monday. Backup A.J. Ellis likely will start Monday. The 26-year-old Grandal is in the midst of a breakout season. Coming off of his first All-Star Game selection, Grandal is batting .276 with 14 home runs and 36 RBI through 70 games. Grandal hit a career-high 15 home runs last season but batted only .225. Prior to 2014, he had played in only 88 games over two seasons due to injury. Grandal spent the last three seasons with the San Diego Padres before being acquired in an offseason trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to the Padres.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 3 weeks ago

Grandal went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in his return to the lineup Monday night.

He was given a regular day off Sunday after playing in back-to-back contests Friday and Saturday. Grandal has quietly pushed his line to .271/.384/.507 on the season -- production that ranks him among the league's elite hitting catchers. In the current configuration of the Los Angeles lineup, Grandal is hitting fifth for manager Don Mattingly.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 4 weeks ago

Grandal is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.

Grandal will get a regular day of rest after starting back-to-back contests behind the plate. All of the switch-hitter's power (12 home runs) has come against right-handers this season, so manager Don Mattingly will play matchups with lefty Steven Matz on the hill for New York. A.J. Ellis will take over at catcher.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 1 month ago

Grandal is out of the lineup Wednesday against Arizona.

The Dodgers will deploy A.J Ellis behind the plate Wednesday as part of a very right-handed heavy lineup against the Diamondbacks. Grandal is listed as available to pinch hit Wednesday, so owners don't have to worry about any possible injury keeping him out of the lineup.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 1 month ago

Grandal is not in the starting lineup Friday for the second straight day, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

A.J. Ellis will get the start behind the plate against Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino on Friday, while no reason has been given for Grandal's second consecutive absence from the starting lineup.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 1 month ago

Grandal is out of the lineup Thursday, Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo reports.

This is just a standard day off for Grandal, who has been in the lineup in six of the last seven games. A.J. Ellis will get the start at catcher and hit eighth against the Cubs.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 1 month ago

Grandal had a huge day at the plate Sunday, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs and three runs scored.

The 26-year-old has seen his average dip to .276 but has really picked it up in the power department of late, with five home runs in his last 10 games. Grandal has emerged as a viable fantasy catcher this season as he is a fixture in the Dodgers lineup and is on pace to easily top his career-high of 15 homers.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 1 month ago

Grandal is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers.

This is standard procedure for Grandal, as A.J. Ellis continues to catch Clayton Kershaw exclusively. Grandal has homered in three of his last five games, giving him eight for the season.

Yasmani Grandal C/1B LAD 2 months ago

Grandal hit his eighth home run in Monday's loss to Texas, a solo shot in the eighth inning.

Grandal now has three home runs in his last four games. His .477 slugging percentage leads all National League Catchers with at least 100 plate appearances. It's hard to match his power and discipline at the position now, as Grandal's 15.6 percent walk rate also leads major league catchers.