Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:29:56 -0700
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Wednesday, April 16, that the weakest backup position is third base, where INF Alexi Amarista started in place of the injured 3B Chase Headley (biceps). INF Ryan Jackson (wrist) is unavailable at Triple-A El Paso, so the team might look to 1B-OF Yonder Alonso or C Yasmani Grandal to play some third base if Headley is forced out for an extended period.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:15:51 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) was able to return for the team's season opener after an offseason of intense rehab following surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament t in his right knee last season. Grandal did physical therapy in three different states in the offseason and even did his workouts while on his honeymoon in Bora Bora. He caught all nine innings Tuesday, April 1, but isn't to the point where he can catch in back-to-back games.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:01:45 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) has progressed to the point where he has been able to catch nine innings in spring games, and he could make the roster as the second catcher to C Nick Hundley. However, the team likes C Rene Rivera, who is out of minor league options and would likely be scooped up if they try to pass him through waivers.
Fantasy Tip: The Friars probably won't rush Grandal back, since he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery. He could be a nice second catching option for those in two-catcher leagues in the second half of the season, though.
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:52:41 -0700
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said C Yasmani Grandal (knee) may be able to play in a spring training game as early as Monday, March 10.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 21:31:58 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) caught a simulated game Saturday, March 8, in his first live action since having anterior cruciate ligament surgery Aug. 6. He is nearing game action in a Cactus League spring game. He worked in every other inning of the simulated game. "It moves him closer to an actual game," manager Bud Black said. "We're trying to mimic a game here, especially for the pitchers and for Yazi."
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:21:54 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) has replaced his leg kick with a toe tap and lowered his hands in his stance. The idea was to not put as much pressure on his surgically repaired knee.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:22:53 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee, hand) will be scaled back a bit in camp to guard against a setback from surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. He's also doing things he wasn't able to do last spring after a hand injury limited him. "Getting injured," Grandal said, "taught me a lot. It taught me a lot about myself, a lot about how mentally tough I am to get through things, work through things. It made me grow."
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:21:16 -0800
While it is possible the San Diego Padres could carry three catchers to open the season, the likely scenario is carrying two catchers. Cs Yasmani Grandal and Nick Hundley are expected to be the top two guys, with C Rene Rivera likely on the outside looking in.
Sun, 02 Feb 2014 11:02:10 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (knee) could be ready in time for Opening Day, according to general manager Josh Byrnes. "He says he feels good and he certainly looks good," Byrnes said, adding that he will be held back during spring training even if he feels 100 percent. If Grandal is not ready for the season opener, C Nick Hundley is expected to start behind the plate.
Sun, 02 Feb 2014 01:00:32 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal, 1B Yonder Alonso, OF Carlos Quentin and OF Cameron Maybin may see their activities limited in spring training after they experienced injuries during the 2013 season.