Yasmani Grandal Returning to Padres


Yasmani Grandal is set to return to the San Diego Padres today after his 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. John Baker will be sent down to make room for Grandal. Grandal was hitting .306 in nine minor league games at Triple-A Tuscon. Grandal was really impressive during his rookie campaign last year as he hit .297 with eight home runs, 36 RBI in 226 at-bats. Nick Hundley got off to such a hot start this year, but he has cooled off significantly, hitting just .143 in 18 games in May. Odds are that it will not be long before Grandal gets most of the playing time behind the plate.   


  • Kelly Johnson went 4-for-5 with a pair of three-run homers and a stolen base in Monday's 10-6 win over the Marlins. Johnson is not hitting .355 in May and a .298 BA for the season to go along with 10 home runs and 32 RBI.
  • Yu Darvish tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts with no walks on Monday against the Diamondbacks. However, Darvish left with a no-decision after giving up four runs in 7 2/3 innings.
  • Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and he scored four runs. Gonzalez has been red hot in the last three games, racking up nine hits, seven RBI, and scoring six runs in 11 ABs.
  • Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI on Monday against the Dodgers.
  • Jose Valverde earned his sixth save of the season Monday in the Tigers' 6-5 defeat of the Pirates. Valverde owns an impressive 0.75 ERA  in 12 innings this season. Maybe there really left in him.
  • Jeff Samardzija was brilliant Monday against the White Sox as he pitched a complete game shutout. Samardzija allowed two hits and two walks and racked up eight strikeouts.
  • Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4 with two RBI and one stolen base Monday against the White Sox. Soriano has eight multi-hit games in May and seen his batting average increase from .263 to .278 this month. Four of his five home runs this season have also come in May. The Cubs likely will trade Soriano at some point in the next few months and it will be beneficial for all parties to have Soriano producing at a consistent level.
  • Dustin Ackley was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma after getting off to a miserable start to the season this year. Ackley is batting  just .221 and looks lost at the plate these days. Instead of letting him continue to lose confidence, they did the right thing to send Ackley down to try and figure things out. He'll be back at some point this season.
  • Zack Greinke was unable to get through the fifth inning for the second straight start Monday. Greinke allowed six runs, four earned, against the Angels. Greinke really has not looked that good since returning from the disabled list earlier this month. He should get better in his next start which will come against the Rockies.
  • Manny Machado went 3-for-5 with a stolen base in Monday's win over the Nationals and is now batting .336 on the season.