Grandal comes off DL, gets right to work

Grandal comes off DL, gets right to work

Grandal comes off DL, gets right to work
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres activated rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal from the disabled list Friday and didn't waste any time getting him back in the lineup. Grandal, who was placed on the disabled list July 31 after straining his right oblique on a swing in Cincinnati, started behind the plate and hit fifth in Friday night's series opener against Matt Cain and the Giants.

Grandal caught his first game since the injury Thursday night in Lake Elsinore, Calif., as the Class A Storm dropped a 6-3 decision to the Inland Empire 66ers. He was 0-for-3 in the game, but did throw out a runner trying to steal second.

That was just the second day of in-game action for the 23-year-old, who DHed in the Storm's Wednesday night game. And while he was 0-for-4 in that game -- and therefore hitless in his rehab stint -- Grandal isn't reading too much into those results.

"The result for me wasn't the priority; the timing, getting in the game, having situations was the main thing for me," Grandal said. "One of the reasons I went down is to get a couple of in-game swings because it's a different swing. ... During [batting practice], you might go 60, 50 percent just so that you don't redo it again. ... It seems like it's back to normal."

The Padres certainly hope that's the case, as Grandal was hitting .312 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 24 games in two big league stints this season. He burst into the San Diego lineup when he homered from both sides of the plate in his first Major League start June 30 in Colorado.

Since then, he's been an important cog in the center of the Padres' lineup, and manager Bud Black is very happy to see him back in there.

"It's big. ... It's good to have him back," Black said. "I think our lineup looks a lot better when he's in the middle of it. He plays with a lot of energy, young guy trying to make his mark. ... We're excited."

Grandal's place on the 25-man roster was cleared by moving catcher Nick Hundley to the 15-day DL with a right knee contusion.