The Dodgers have placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list, the club announced on Twitter Saturday evening. Austin Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Grandal was hit with the backswing from Padres first baseman Yangervis Solarte on Friday. In Grandal’s absence, A.J. Ellis is expected to take most of the playing time behind the dish.
Grandal, acquired from the Padres as part of the Matt Kemp deal in December, has hit well in 124 plate appearances, posting a .291/.403/.466 triple-slash line along with four home runs and 17 RBI.
On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!
Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.
José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.
Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.
Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.