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Yasmani Grandal may be ready for Opening Day

Feb 2, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal underwent surgery on his right ACL last August and the belief has been that he would require a season-opening disabled list stint. But the quick pace of his recovery is suddenly igniting some optimism in San Diego’s front office.

“He says he feels good and he certainly looks good,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told the San Diego Union-Tribune this weekend. “Opening Day is possible for him. But that day simply starts a six or seven-month process. We have to hold him back somewhat during spring training even if he feels 100 percent. We will monitor him during spring training.”

Grandal looked like a budding star in 2012 when he batted .297/.394/.469 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 60 games as a rookie, but he was busted for synthetic testosterone use at the end of the summer and the resulting 50-game suspension set the tone for a highly disappointing 2013.

Nick Hundley will start at catcher for the Friars if Grandal is not ready.

  1. Gabriel Lean Gabriel - Feb 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

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  2. ptfu - Feb 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    This would be nice for the Friars. I love me some Nick Hundley but Grandal’s got even more upside.

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