Why Yasmani Grandal was ‘very happy’ after his surgery
After struggling with a shoulder injury for the latter stages of the season, Yasmani Grandal had surgery last week to repair the damaged joint. While he’ll be shut down for a couple months as he recovers from the surgery, there’s a silver lining that had him overjoyed when he awoke after the procedure.
Grandal had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to repair his AC joint, but there was also a prospect that his labrum would need repair as well. However, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers team physician who operated on Grandal, didn’t observe any damage on his labrum worth surgically repairing while performing the surgery.
"We knew there was a chance that we … had to do the labrum. But obviously I didn’t want to take longer to come back," Grandal told True Blue LA. "So, I was very happy to hear that the labrum wasn’t touched once I woke up from the surgery."
Had Grandal’s labrum been surgically repaired, his recovery time would have been increased by at least a couple of months and there would have been a chance he wouldn’t have been ready to rejoin the team for spring training.
His current recovery time to return to full range of motion is three months.
Grandal is hopeful that his surgery will help him reclaim his All-Star-caliber play. After having a stellar first half in 2015, the 26-year-old catcher’s production took a nosedive following his shoulder injury, which he sustained while catching in Philadelphia in August.
Grandal finished the regular season hitting a mere .064/.226/.096 with one home run and five RBI in 31 games after suffering the injury, and only notched one hit in 11 postseason plate appearances while striking out six times.