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Padres lose hot-hitting rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal to oblique injury

Aug 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal has provided a huge spark for the Padres since being called up on June 2, hitting .312 with five homers and a .947 OPS in 24 games, but now he’ll miss at least two weeks with a strained oblique muscle.

He’ll be eligible to return from the disabled list in the middle of the month, but oblique injuries have a tendency to linger. Normally the Padres would probably recall Nick Hundley from Triple-A to replace Grandal, as he was the starting catcher to begin the season, but because he’s on the disabled list with a hamstring injury John Baker and Eddy Rodriguez will split the action.

It’s only 24 games, of course, but Grandal’s production is pretty amazing for a rookie catcher calling pitcher-friendly Petco Park home. In fact, since the Padres moved into Petco Park in 2004 the only hitters to play at least 20 games and post a higher OPS than Grandal’s current mark are Milton Bradley in 2007, Scott Hairston in 2007, Russell Branyan in 2006, and Adrian Gonzalez in 2009.

Grandal came to the Padres from the Reds along with Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez, and Brad Boxberger for Mat Latos in December. Looks like a helluva trade for San Diego at this point.

  1. Utley's Hair - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    There’s a Beowulf joke/reference here, but I’m just too damn tired and lazy….

  2. mgv38 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    HIs mom has the real power in the family.

  3. icanspeel - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    The injury bug really hurt the Padres this year, I think only a handful of players haven’t been injured yet. The only good thing is it gives the Padres the ability to see which players can play and which can’t by calling up the next guy.

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