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Yasmani Grandal expects to show up to spring training 10 pounds below playing weight

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We’re in “best shape of my life” territory. Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal cut meat from his diet over the offseason. As a result, the backstop is expecting to report to spring training 10 pounds below his typical playing weight, and 20 pounds lower than his typical weight when spring training begins. Grandal plans to add meat back into his diet during spring training.

Grandal, 28, is listed at 235 pounds. Typically players make adjustments if they’re coming off an injury or an otherwise bad season, but Grandal led all National League catchers (min. 400 plate appearances) with 27 home runs. He knocked in 72 runs and hit .228/.339/.477 over 457 PA to boot.

Grandal and the Dodgers avoided arbitration last month, agreeing to a $5.5 million salary for the 2017 season. He’ll be eligible for arbitration one more time in 2018 and then can become a free agent heading into the 2019 season.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.