Yasmani Grandal C SD 7 Days
Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Yasmani Grandal's (knee) "side-to-side blocking and stamina have not progressed enough to catch a Cactus League game in the immediate future."
It might not be too long before Grandal is allowed to hit in a Cactus League game, but the Padres aren't ready to let him work behind the plate yet. It's no surprise, of course, as even healthy catchers are eased into things early on in spring training. Grandal and the Padres remain hopeful that the 25-year-old will be ready to go on Opening Day. "We don't want to start the season and then in two months get hurt," Grandal said. "When we go, we're going to go all the way."
Yasmani Grandal C SD 16 Days
Yasmani Grandal has developed a new batting stance.
Grandal, who is working his way back from ACL surgery, has replaced his leg kick with a toe tap and has lowered the starting point of his hands down to his midsection. "The main thing that we did this offseason was figure out a way to not put too much pressure on my knee," said Grandal, "...something that could put the knee in the right spot soon, so that whenever you get that vigorous turn, it doesn't damage anything." The 25-year-old remains optimistic about being ready for Opening Day and hopes that the new batting stance will get his career back on track.
Yasmani Grandal C SD 27 Days
Yasmani Grandal said Saturday that he expects to be behind the plate on Opening Day.
The talented young backstop is recovering from ACL surgery, but has progressed enough in recent weeks to where the team is now optimistic about his availability for the beginning of the season. He represents an intriguing late-round option in two catcher formats for his offensive upside.
Yasmani Grandal C SD 1 Month
Yasmani Grandal (knee) posted a video on his Instagram account Sunday of him going through a workout that simulates a catching drill.
He certainly doesn't look like a guy only six months removed from ACL surgery in the video. Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote on Sunday that the Padres are "cautiously optimistic" about Grandal's chances of being ready for Opening Day, and GM Josh Byrnes acknowledged it was a possibility. We'll have a better idea after Grandal goes through more intense workouts in spring training.
Yasmani Grandal C SD 1 Month
Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said it's "possible" Yasmani Grandal (knee) will be ready for Opening Day.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune also writes that the club is "cautiously optimistic" about Grandal's chances to be ready for the opener. However, it will be a while before we'll have a clearer picture of his status, as he'll be monitored throughout spring training as he works his way back from ACL surgery. Nick Hundley will start behind the plate if Grandal isn't ready. "He says he feels good and he certainly looks good," Byrnes said. "Opening Day is possible for him. But that day simply starts a six or seven-month process. We have to hold him back somewhat during spring training even if he feels 100 percent. We will monitor him during spring training."
Yasmani Grandal C SD 3 Months
Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Yasmani Grandal (knee) will "likely" open next season on the disabled list.
Grandal stated after ACL surgery in August that he expected to be ready for spring training, but that was always an overly optimistic outlook. We'll have a better idea as to Grandal's timetable once spring training begins, but for now count on seeing Nick Hundley behind the plate on Opening Day.
Yasmani Grandal C SD 4 Months
Padres activated C Yasmani Grandal from the 60-day disabled list.
Grandal underwent reconstructive ACL surgery on his right knee on August 6. Grandal has stated publicly that he expects to be ready to go by the start of spring training, but that projection is highly optimistic. ACL surgeries come with an expected recovery time of 9-12 months. Check back on Grandal's status prior to spring fantasy drafts.
Yasmani Grandal C SD 6 Months
Yasmani Grandal is expecting to be ready by spring training after recently undergoing reconstructive ACL surgery.
"I'm expecting to play," Grandal told Corey Brock of MLB.com. The catcher is just six weeks removed from the surgery, which has an expected recovery time of 9-12 months. While it's nice that he's going to work hard to get back as quickly as possible, blind optimism is the standard when it comes to players with injuries. We'll wait to see where Grandal is in February before declaring him the second coming of Adrian Peterson.
Yasmani Grandal C SD 7 Months
Yasmani Grandal will undergo reconstructive ACL surgery on his right knee on August 6.
He's expected to need 9-12 months to recover from the injury, effectively wiping out most of his 2014 season as well. Combined with his 50-game suspension for PED use, it was an extremely disappointing season for the Padres' backstop in 2013.
Yasmani Grandal C SD 8 Months
Yasmani Grandal needs reconstructive ACL surgery on his right knee.
The Padres didn't provide a timetable for his return, but the normal recovery time is 9-12 months, which means he could miss a good chunk of next season. The injury, combined with his PED suspension, will result in a ton of missed time for the 24-year-old Grandal. Nick Hundley will handle the catching duties for the Padres.