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Posted - 04/15/2019 :  20:12:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
PHOENIX (AP) — The ink was hardly dry on his $18.25 million" href=""> , one-year contract with Milwaukee when Yasmani Grandal started working the phone, reaching out to as many new teammates as possible from his offseason home in Peoria. when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.He scheduled bullpen sessions with pitchers ready to work off the mound, and sat down to talk strategy with those that weren’t. He studied video of his new battery mates and even met with members of Milwaukee’s coaching staff.When Grandal showed up to camp in Phoenix last week, he was ready to work.“I didn’t want to spend a lot of time at spring training getting to know them,” Grandal said. “By the time we started, we’d already spoken Sonny Gray Jersey , I had an idea of what guys wanted to do and different things like that.”Grandal, 30, was a surprising signing for a team that appeared set at the catcher position with a combination of Manny Pina and Erik Kratz. Both are regarded as glove-first options, making catcher one of the few places Milwaukee could upgrade offensively.The switch-hitting Grandal was a perfect fit from that perspective. He batted .241 with 24 home runs, 68 RBIs and an .815 OPS last season for the Dodgers.His defense is also valuable. Though he’s struggled with passed balls — something the Brewers saw first-hand against the Dodgers last fall in the NL Championship Series — Grandal has long been regarded as one of the better receivers in the game and played a big role in helping Los Angeles‘ pitching staff post an NL-leading 3.38 ERA. He’s been touted especially for his ability to steal strikes around the edge of the zone.After working with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Kenley Jansen Luis Severino Jersey , he’ll take on a staff most notable for shutdown relievers Josh Hader and Corey Knebel.“There’s the old line, ‘Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken,’ but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it,” Grandal said. “I’m here to learn as much as I’m here to teach.”He also provides Milwaukee’s coaching staff with a fresh perspective. Having stood in against Brewers pitchers during his seven-year career, he’s able to offer insight on what he’s noticed — and Grandal has said he picked up plenty from watching during their seven-game playoff battle.Manager Craig Counsell said he’s been hesitant to offer insight at times, preferring to get Grandal’s outside opinion first.“It’s almost an audit on our pitchers and our scouting reports" href=""> , which is helpful for us,” Counsell said. “That’s a big part of where Yasmani can be a big help, especially here in the early going. The fact that he’s taken the initiative is what you hope for. It’s part of building the relationship with guys and he’s obviously going to be a very important part of their success.” GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is not expected to play catch again until Thursday as the Dodgers address his throwing discomfort.The three-time NL Cy Young winner will not undergo an MRI, manager Dave Roberts said.“Nothing new, nothing new Aaron Judge Jersey , we’re going to wait and see how it feels,” Roberts said Tuesday, affirming that at this point Kershaw remains the opening day starter, a status he’s held the past eight seasons.The ace left-hander was shut down late last week with discomfort in the shoulder. When asked his level of concern, Roberts said, “I am not trying to get too much into overthinking it. Once he picks up the ball on Thursday Gleyber Torres Jersey , then we’ll reassess.”Roberts said Kershaw is dealing as well as possible with the setback.“He’s as tough mentally of a player that I’ve ever been around,” Roberts said.
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