Day 34: Grandal shines with bat and glove
PEORIA, Ariz. — There’s no denying catcher Yasmani Grandal’s bat, as the switch-hitter hit a bomb of a home run on Thursday over the batters’ eye in center field in Tucson.
“Legit,” Padres manager Bud Black said.
Grandal, 23, is hitting .346 this spring with one home run and nine RBIs in 26 at-bats. Of course, his bat was considered his best tool that day he came over from the Reds in the Mat Latos trade in December.
But what about his defense?
Grandal has been better than expected in camp, thanks to his hard work (obviously) and the tutelage of Terry Kennedy, Brad Ausmus, John Gibbons and Justin Hatcher.
“It’s going to be a process,” Black said. “There’s some things he needs to continue to work on. But in a short time, he’s done some good work. He’s done a good job.”
Anyway, that’s it for now.
* Reds (9-11-1) at Padres (12-9), Peoria Sports Complex, 7:05 p.m.
Radio/TV: XX 1090 for radio (Ted Leitner, Bob Scanlan). Fox Sports San Diego (uh, check your cable provider).
The lineup: Maybin 8, Kotsay 7, Headley 5, Alonso 3, Venable 9, Baker 2, Cabrera 6, Parrino 4, Volquez 1.
The pitchers: Volquez 5, Thatcher 1, Cashner 1, Brach 1, Boxberger 1.
— 2B Orlando Hudson (strained right groin) is “truly day-to-day,” said Bud Black. No word on his return.
— 1B/OF Kyle Blanks (sore left shoulder) got a shot to alleviate some of the pain and swelling in his shoulder. He’s feeling better.
— C Nick Hundley (sore right side/oblique) wanted to play Friday but will play Saturday, Black said.
— OF Carlos Quentin is back in camp after having surgery on Monday on his right knee.
— 3B Jedd Gyorko had four hits in the game in Tucson on Thursday. “Aggressive swings, early in the count,” Black said.
— SP Casey Kelly was up in the strike zone on Thursday in Tucson and didn’t throw his breaking ball for strikes. Sounds like the team would like to see him back off on the velocity on his change-up. But Black like Kelly’s velocity and that he picked a base runner off second base.
Corey Brock, MLB.com