"It's just gotten better and better," Grandal said. "As we go on, the more I hit, the more comfortable I'll get."
The fortunes of the lineup depend, in part, on whether several players can bounce back from the maladies that befell them last season. Joc Pederson tanked in the second half. Yasiel Puig never took flight. And Grandal cratered after he injured his shoulder.
A healthy Grandal would boost the Dodgers offense. He thumped 14 homers with a .927 on-base plus slugging percentage in an All-Star first half. After his injury on Aug. 6, Grandal hit .064 with only one extra-base hit.
"Talking to him yesterday, he feels good," Roberts said. "And doing a lot of catching work and swinging the bat, he feels great. He's kind of where he would expect to be at this time of year."
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Montas suffered a stress reaction in his ribcage while working out this winter, Friedman explained. The injury did not improve as the season approached and last month Montas revealed the condition to the team's trainers at its academy in the Dominican Republic. At that point, surgery to remove a rib was recommended and completed.
Montas will miss two to four months.
Still waiting on Sierra
Friedman expects only one latecomer to camp this spring. Cuban pitcher Yasiel Sierra is still dealing with visa issues, Friedman explained, but he hoped for a resolution by early next week.
"It's just the visa process," Friedman said. "My guess is it's going to be at least a few days until he's here."
The Dodgers signed Sierra, a 24-year-old right-hander, to a six-year deal reportedly worth at least $30 million in January.
The Dodgers made official their one-year, $725,000 contract with Louis Coleman, a right-hander reliever who pitched sparingly for the
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