A play at the plate last July cost Yasmani Grandal half a season. The Padres’ catcher is hoping a play behind the plate won’t eat much into this one. As uplifting as Tommy Medica’s go-ahead homer proved, the full-blown force of a Paul Goldschmidt swing through Grandal’s glove hand – as well as the weight of another potential absence – loomed large even as the Padres walked off the field with a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Chase Field. For now, however, the Padres are breathing a bit easier. X-rays on Grandal’s glove hand came back negative, leading the 25-year-old catcher to believe that he will avoid the sort of disabled list trip that ended his 2013 campaign. Needless to say, the season-ending knee injury he sustained in a collision at the plate last summer in Washington weighed heavily on Grandal’s mind as he slammed his mitt into the dugout before disappearing into the trainer’s room for further evaluation. “I was expecting them to tell me broken pinky and fractured knuckle; that’s what I was expecting,” Grandal said of his seventh-inning scare. “Everything happens for a reason. It just so happens that I dodged a bullet on this one.” At least that was the postgame prognosis, which Padres manager Bud Black felt good enough about to avoid bringing up an extra body. The immediate plan is to have Medica, a former college catcher, available in an emergency behind Rene Rivera, the lone backup after the Padres traded Nick Hundley to the Orioles over the weekend. Beyond that, Triple-A catcher Adam Moore – who is hitting .331 for El Paso – is likely next in line should the Padres require additional insurance behind the plate over the weekend in Chicago after Thursday's travel day.
Medica's homer a saving grace in 4-3 Padres win over D-Backs
San Diego Union-Tribune | May 28