Great news here.
As you may recall, Astros prospect Delino DeShields, Jr. suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was hit in the face by a pitch on April 18 during a game with Double-A Corpus Christi. Well, he made his return to action last night. And it was pretty impressive.
DeShields, who ended up missing three weeks as a result of the fracture, homered in each of his first two-bats. He told Josh Jackson of MiLB.com after the game that he didn’t have any fear about getting back in the batter’s box.
“I was really relaxed. A lot of people would tell you that after getting hit in the face, they’d be nervous about getting in the box again. Not me. I was like, ‘You and me, let’s go.'”
While the injury was quite scary looking, things could have been much worse and DeShields has remained unbelievably optimistic during this entire process. It’s great to see him back this quickly and here’s hoping this will prove to be a minor speed bump on the way to a productive career.
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.