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Yasmani Grandal likely to begin minor league rehab assignment this week

Aug 13, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

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Yasmani Grandal‘s first extended chance at playing time in the big leagues hit a bit of a snag when he suffered a strained right oblique two weeks ago, but he’s inching closer to beginning a minor league rehab assignment.

According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Grandal took batting practice from both sides of the plate prior to tonight’s game against the Braves. He’s scheduled to take batting practice again tomorrow and throw to the bases. If all goes well, he’ll likely go out on a rehab stint with High-A Lake Elsinore.

Grandal, who was acquired from the Reds in the Mat Latos deal, is hitting .312/.349/.597 with five home runs, 15 RBI and a .947 OPS over his first 83 plate appearances in the majors. Padres manager Bud Black hopes to have the 23-year-old back for a series against the Giants this week, but John Baker and Nick Hundley will share playing time behind the plate for now.

  1. ch0psuey - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Will be nice to have Grandal back as Nick Hundley still has forgotten how to hit a baseball after his minor league stint. Hitless since his return which doesn’t help his .163 BA.

    • vanmorrissey - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      And going o fer tonight with 3 strikeouts and 5 LOB when everyone else in the lineup was hitting, go back to the minors Nick, Padres don’t miss that lame bat.

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