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Yasmani Grandal exits after two innings with forearm soreness

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX -- Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal left Monday's game against the Mariners after just two innings, still feeling soreness in his forearm. It is unknown which forearm, mostly because Grandal has had soreness in both forearms this spring.

Grandal opened the second inning with a strikeout swinging on a ball in the dirt and was tagged out by Seattle catcher Steve Clevenger. After the inning Grandal was replaced behind the plate by Austin Barnes.

"Once he said he felt something in his swing, in that forearm, knowing that he had something later in the day I just thought to get him out right then," manager Dave Roberts said. "Once I saw the grimace on his face, I wanted to get him out of there."

Grandal left the clubhouse telling reporters he had a doctor's appointment, and Roberts said the original plan was for Grandal to catch five innings and get three plate appearances against Seattle before leaving for the appointment.

So far this spring Grandal hasn't shown any ill effects from the arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in October, fixing the injury that drained his power over the final two months of 2015. But he did miss time earlier in the spring with a forearm contusion that sidelined him for a week.

Grandal also caught six innings against the Brewers in Maryvale on Sunday. Monday marked the first time the catcher played in Cactus League games on consecutive days this spring. A.J Ellis will start for the Dodgers Tuesday in Surprise, and with Wednesday's off day that makes Thursday the earliest Grandal will catch next.

In eight Cactus League games, Grandal is 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, a home run and a walk.