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.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.