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NL West Rumor Mill: 7/8/13 

Padres Lose Grandal for Rest of Season

In a pre-game media session yesterday, Padres skipper Bud Black was asked about the status of catcher Yasmani Grandal after Saturday’s incident at home plate. He said, “probably in about two weeks”, Grandal will have reconstructive surgery to his ACL. Tests showed that Grandal had some serious damage done to both his ACL and MCL. Recovery time is typically about 9 to 12 months, and it is questionable whether or not Grandal will even be ready for Spring Training next season.

Padres to Sign First-Rounder Renfroe

After making a nice run at the College World Series title last June, former Mississippi State outfielder, Hunter Renfroe is now ready to begin his career as a professional baseball player. Baseball America’s Jim Callis reported yesterday that the Padres are to sign the 13th overall pick at slot value for $2.678 million.

Dodgers Place Kemp and Fife on DL

The Dodgers’ injury woes continue as, yesterday, they placed both OF Matt Kemp and RHP Stephen Fife on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder injuries.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, “Kemp’s place on the roster will be taken by Scott Van Slyke, recalled from Alboquerque,” and “Fife’s spot on the roster will be taken by newly acquired Ricky Nolasco,” who makes his Dodgers debut tonight against the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dodgers, Giants Among Teams Scouting Garza

Even after just acquiring former Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, the Dodgers seem to still be looking at ways to bolster their starting rotation. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Dodgers were among teams scouting Cubs starter Matt Garza at last night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. It was reported that the Giants were also among teams in attendance.

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About the author: Brad Beattie

San Diego born and raised. Love the Padres, the Chargers, and all things (for the most part) San Diego. Will continue to follow San Diego sports through both the ups and down, and I hope to hear your opinions as you follow them too.

  • Abigail Bushnell

    I wish there were rumor about our team trying to boost their starting rotation. 🙁

    • Brad Beattie

      Yeah, I understand your frustration. They were connected to pitchers like Nolasco and Garza in early trade talks, but haven’t heard anything serious recently.

      • Abigail Bushnell

        Yeah. It’s always like that for my Padres. But a great starting rotation or mediocre or poor I am with em. Every painful step.

        • Brad Beattie

          Same