As expected, the Rays officially promoted Delmon Young from Double-A Montgomery before their series finale against the A’s on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Young is not in Sunday’s starting lineup but will be available off the bench for Tampa Bay.
Chris Gimenez, an emergency third catcher, and Josh Lueke, a righty reliever, were also called up.
Young was released by the Phillies on August 14 after hitting .261/.302/.397 in 80 games. He inked a minor league contract eight days later with the Rays — the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003.
Young, 27, is a .283/.316/.423 hitter in 3,866 career major league plate appearances.
He will serve as the Rays’ primary designated hitter against left-handed starting pitchers.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.