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).
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.