Yasmani Grandal to undergo shoulder surgery after hitting .067 down the stretch


Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal played through a shoulder injury down the stretch and into the playoffs. Next week he’ll undergo surgery, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

The injury basically turned Grandal into a non-entity offensively, as he hit just .067 in his final 30 games before going 1-for-10 in the playoffs. Prior to that brutal stretch he’d hit .295 with 15 homers and a .913 OPS in 84 games to rank as one of the best catchers in baseball.

Grandal referred to the surgery as “just a cleanup thing,” but clearly his returning to full health is a huge key for the Dodgers heading into 2016. He was an All-Star for four months and a black hole in the lineup for two months. Or as he put it: “I’m looking forward to not having to deal with this anymore.”