Since the start of Spring Training the Los Angeles Dodgers have seemingly dealt with at least one bit of injury news on a daily basis. Thursday wasn’t any different, with Yasmani Grandal finding himself in the spotlight.
Grandal missed time earlier this month due to ongoing forearm soreness that forced him to go one week between playing in a Cactus League game. He returned March 16 and appeared in four games, but was removed after just two innings on Monday.
Grandal was sent for an MRI, which didn’t reveal any structural damage. However, he wasn’t in Thursday’s lineup as was previously expected; Grandal will refrain from throwing and batting over the next few days.
Howie Kendrick, who was hampered by a sore groin earlier in camp, was set to start at second base and bat lead off against the Cleveland Indians.
However, he was scratched due to left calf tightness, according to Alanna Rizzo of Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA:
Left calf tightness for Howie Kendrick. Day to day. #Dodgers
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 25, 2016
Kendrick previously missed 10 days with the aforementioned groin issue. He returned March 15, played back-to-back games March 15 and March 16, and in three consecutive games from March 18-20.
Kendrick is batting .261/.320/.522 with one home run, one double and two RBIs in 24 plate appearances over eight games this spring. He was replaced Thursday by Elian Herrera.