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Yasmani Grandal MRI shows left shoulder inflammation, likely out until weekend

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

ANAHEIM -- MRI results showed inflammation and some fluid in the left shoulder of Yasmani Grandal, but the Dodgers catcher hopes to return to the starting lineup by this weekend when the Dodgers play the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

"[The team doctor] didn’t say anything different to what we already knew. They checked the AC joint and it was fine. It’s just the same thing as I’ve been going through the past two three weeks," Grandal said. "That shoulder just gets inflamed and hurts more sometimes than others."

It's a condition Grandal will essentially need to play through until the offseason, hoping rest will help the inflammation subside.

"There’s no reason to shut me down. I can tolerate pain. I can go through a season if it’s going to be one of those things that’s going to be day to day, see how it’s going to be," Grandal said. "If it hurts too much to not be able to help the team out to the best of my abilities, then we’ll have to shut me down for that day and hopefully the next day we can go ahead and play."

Grandal last started on Sunday in San Diego, but A.J. Ellis and Austin Barnes will share catching duties until Grandal is cleared to play. Ellis is hitting .246/.369/.381 on the season, including .308/.438/.495 in 33 games since May 26.

"The way you look at it, it couldn’t come at a better time, I guess," Grandal admitted. "A.J. is doing great. We’re in front and we’re kind of getting a big lead."

Grandal might play this weekend in Arizona, but the Dodgers aren't going to rush him back.

"We're going to give him a little bit of time. Any time you have shoulder inflammation you've got to let that calm down. Hopefully he'll be able play through it. It sounds like it won't totally go away," manager Don Mattingly said. "It does get better with time. They'll give him anti-inflammatory [medication]. We're not going to put him out there until he feels good."

Grandal first started feeling the shoulder discomfort during the road trip to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from Aug. 4-9, and since that road trip is 1-for-43 with 10 walks, including no hits in his last 33 at-bats.

"Any time a guy is hurting, you're going to change things. I didn't really see any changes in his swing. His workload was staying the same," Mattingly said. "There wasn't a lot of talk during that time that he was hurt at all, so obviously if he was having any trouble or any pain he wasn't telling anybody."

Grandal was unwilling to blame his offensive struggles in the shoulder inflammation. Even with the slump, Grandal is hitting .253/.367/.434 with 15 home runs on the season.

"I don’t really like putting excuses or explanations on things. I haven’t been hitting," he said. "I’m not going to say that’s why I haven’t been hitting. But at the same time, I know I’m not that bad."