Padres' Yasmani Grandal won't start hitting until next week

The San Diego Padres will have their young catcher in camp, but they won't have him on the field for the first 50 games of the regular season.  Yasmani Grandal tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  He was later linked to the scandal involving Biogenesis in Miami.  Grandal can take part in spring games and practice, but he won't even be able to do that until next week because of an injury.

According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune, Grandal suffered inflamed tendons on both sides of his left hand toward the end of last season.  He is still battling the injury and is not expected to start hitting until next week.  Center says Grandal was not able to swing a bat throughout the entire offseason.


Grandal came to the Padres last winter in a trade that sent Mat Latos to the Reds.  The Padres received quite the package in that deal including Grandal, Yonder Alonso, and Edinson Volquez.  Grandal started last season in Triple-A, but he quickly got his shot as Nick Hundley struggled and lost his starting catching job.  Grandal was an instants success.

He hit .297/.394/.469 in 60 games last season.  However, Grandal missed time after being placed on the DL due to an oblique strain.  Some have suggested the injury was the reason Grandal used PEDs in the first place.



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