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Sun, 19 May 2013 20:15:58 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal returned to game action Saturday, May 18, for Triple-A Tucson, catching nine innings. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. He is allowed to play 10 minor league games before he is eligible to return from his 50-game suspension and play for the Padres May 28.
Fantasy Tip: Grandal is expected to split time behind the dish with Nick Hundley when he returns, and manager Bud Black has said he will go with the hot hand. Grandal is worth adding in all NL-only fantasy leagues, and is decent depth in mixed formats in leagues which require two starting backstops.
Wed, 15 May 2013 14:49:11 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal will leave extended spring training and report to Triple-A Tucson Saturday, May 18, and he's eligible to come off the restricted list May 28 after being suspended for the first 50 games of the season. "He feels good, everything is solid, offensively and defensively," general manager Josh Byrnes said recently. "We will get him ready to play in those games and evaluate where he is and where our roster is." C John Baker is hitting only .115 and will likely be optioned to the minors to make room for Grandal.
Fantasy Tip: Grandal looked good in his major league audition last year, but the PED suspension makes us question how much of his production was actually real. It's unclear how much time he'll split with Nick Hundley, too. It's time to snatch him up in NL-only leagues if he's out there, but you can probably wait on him in mixed formats.
Wed, 15 May 2013 10:33:50 -0700
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal will join Triple-A Tucson on Saturday, May 18, to begin the permissible 10-day rehab assignment before his 50-game suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing substance ends on May 28.
Fantasy Tip: Grandal posted a .297/.394/.469 slash line in 60 games for the Pads in 2012, but there has to be some doubt about how he'll perform once he returns given the numbers of others after they've been popped. Nick Hundley (.259/.314/.426) has been adequate, as well, not to mention vocal about his feelings regarding Grandal's possible impact on his job. This should be interesting. Grandal warrants ownership in deep leagues, still, because he's young and presumably still quite talented.
Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:54:26 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal made his Cactus League spring debut Sunday, Feb. 24. Grandal faces a 50-game suspension for violating the Major League Baseball policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but he is allowed to play in spring games.
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:46:02 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (finger) had no pain in his left middle finger after taking batting practice Monday, Feb. 18, and he was able to hit from both sides of the plate. Grandal didn't swing a bat all winter in order to let the two inflamed tendons in his finger heal completely.
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:53:17 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (hand) did not hit all winter because he was bothered by two inflamed tendons on his catching hand. He suffered the injury in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks last season but played through the pain during the final month of the year. It did not bother him while he was catching but made it difficult whenever the switch-hitting Grandal needed to bat from the left side of the plate. He is not expected to resume hitting until early next week. Grandal said he would be ready to play by May 28, when his 50-game suspension ends.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:15:29 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal, who is suspended for the first 50 games of the season, will be allowed to play in spring training games.
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:15:45 -0800
The evidence given in Miami New Times linking New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and others to the BioGenesis clinic in Florida is not enough for Major League Baseball to hand out suspension. MLB can discipline players without a positive test if there is a preponderance of evidence that the specific person doped or tried to dope. The ledgers that connect Rodriguez and the others to the clinic would have to be sworn to under oath by someone with direct knowledge of them, and Anthony Bosch has denied any wrongdoing in this situation. MLB would need a witness or some sort of documentation to suspend Rodriguez, Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon, Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez, San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal or Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz. Cabrera, Colon and Grandal were each suspended 50 games last season after testing positive, and they would each face a second, 100-game ban if the league can establish that they used performance-enhancing drugs on other occasions.
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:50:52 -0800
Evidence has been discovered that the following players were sold performance-enhancing drugs from an anti-aging clinic in Miami called Biogenesis: New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez, Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz, Toronto Blue Jays OF Melky Cabrera, Detroit Tigers SP Cesar Carrillo, Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon and San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal.
Fantasy Tip: Some of the details aren't clear whether the players actually received or used banned substances. It's unclear whether any suspensions will or can be handed out. Losing Gonzalez or Cruz for 50 games would have significant fantasy implications. Stay tuned to this story, which should be a prevalent one for weeks to come.
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 12:26:00 -0800
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal was suspended 50 games Wednesday, Nov. 7, after a positive test of testosterone.