Dodgers activate Yasmani Grandal from 7-day concussion disabled list

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The Dodgers have activated catcher Yasmani Grandal from the 7-day concussion disabled list. He’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Cardinals.

Grandal suffered a concussion when he was hit by the backswing of Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte last Friday, so he ended up missing exactly seven games. He went 3-for-10 with a double and five walks over three minor league rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Acquired from the Padres over the winter in the Matt Kemp deal, Grandal was off to an excellent start prior to hitting the disabled list, putting up a .291/.403/.466 batting line with four home runs and 17 RBI over 33 games. He nearly has as many walks (20) as strikeouts (23).

Braves promote Alex Anthopoulos, extend Brian Snitker

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The Atlanta Braves announced this morning that they have promoted general manager Alex Anthopoulos to President, Baseball Operations and General Manager and have extended his contract through 2024. They have likewise extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and his coaching staff through the 2021 season.

Anthopoulos’ promotion will not likely change his duties very much, as it’s become increasingly common for top baseball operations executives to be given the title of “president” as opposed to “GM.” Part of this is some expansion of the role of said executives. Some of it is simple title inflation. Some of it is to prevent other teams from being able to interview and potentially poach top executives without permission under the guise of promotion.

Anthopoulos was hired following the 2017 season, replacing former GM John Coppolella, who resigned and was subsequently permanently banned from baseball following his involvement in a scandal in which he breached rules in connection with signings of international players and obstructed Major League Baseball’s investigation into it all. Before that Antopoulos served as the Blue Jays’ GM for seven years.

Snitker took over as interim manager when the Braves fired Fredi Gonzalez in the middle of the 2016 season. He and Coppolella did not get along and there were strong suggestions that he would never lose the interim tag, but he has been on far steadier ground since Anthopoulos took over. Winning helps, of course, and under the leadership of Anthopoulos and Snitker, the Braves have won the last two NL East titles, going 187-137 in the past two seasons.