Dodgers @ D’Backs Sept. 12, 2015: Please Be Better, Yasmani Grandal

Dodgers
D’Backs
5:10 p.m.
Phoenix, Az.
LF
Crawford
CF
Pollock
2B
Utley
RF
Inciarte
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Goldschmidt
3B
Turner
LF
Peralta
RF
Ethier
C
Castillo
SS
Seager
3B
Lamb
C
Grandal
2B
Owings
CF
Pederson
SS
Ahmed
P
Bolsinger (R)
P
De La Rosa (R)

Let’s just forget about last night already.

Yasmani Grandal is back! Grandal missed a week due to shoulder issues, and he hasn’t recorded a base hit in almost a month (August 16th). At this point it’s stating the obvious that he shouldn’t be playing unless his bothersome shoulder is healed, but I’m not a doctor so I don’t really know where that stands. At this point, all fans can do is cross their fingers and hope. A.J. Ellis has filled in admirably, but Grandal is still a major part of the Dodgers’ potential playoff lineup. His bat has been missed.

Grandal overshadows Mike Bolsinger‘s return to the place where his career began. Arizona selling Bolsinger to the Dodgers is one of the best moves the front office has made, in terms of impact to the 2015 season. Bolsinger didn’t perform great for the Diamondbacks, but the peripherals were still there. His previous performances at Chase Field aren’t much to worry about. Normally Bolsinger (who doesn’t go deep into games) going after a game in which the bullpen pitched 7-2/3 innings would be a major concern, but luckily September rosters will help to reduce the bullpen strain. Still, it would be nice to see Adam Liberatore called up at some point. There’s no real reason not to, right?

Jimmy Rollins is out again, and Corey Seager will receive another start at short as a result. All Seager has done is hit .385/.500/.538 since being called up. While the .455 BABIP obviously won’t last, Seager is also walking a lot which is a great sign. Even as Rollins returns, Seager probably has to play somewhere It’s hard not to look at a struggling Justin Turner, who is hitting just .170/.279/.273 in 104 plate appearances since returning from the disabled list, and wonder if Seager should be giving him more time off.

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Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.