Grandal has not caught since the middle of the 2013 season, which ended at that time due to knee surgery.Analysis:
Martin credits his production to being healthy, which is something he didn't have the luxury of in 2013 because of a shoulder injury he sustained in spring training lingering all year.
"The offseason can do wonders," Martin said, per MLB.com. "I took some time off and did some exercises to strengthen that shoulder. Now I feel [freaking] great. Got to knock on wood, and hopefully just keep it that way.
"I'm putting good swings on pitches I want to put into play. That's what I've been working on. I feel like I have a plan when I got out there."
Martin also said he's moderately adjusted his approach at the plate after watching teammate and NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.
"From looking at Cutch hit, with his open stance, he looks so comfortable," Martin said. "So I started to open up [and spread the legs] a little bit, and it's allowed me to feel more relaxed. I'm sort of winding up with the pitcher, getting ready a little earlier. And, standing taller, you feel that you won't wear down; there's a little less weight on the knees. But really, mostly it's just being healthy."Analysis:
"The swing feels good, and it's nice to get out there and actually participate in a game," Pacheco said. "The shoulder feels good, no pain.
"It's just being strong. My little rotator cuff exercises helped out a bunch. Going from not holding a glove up to doing it every day is a little wearing on the body. I've just got to be smart and keep up my exercises. It should be good."Analysis:
Posey drove in four runs in the big performance while upping his spring line to .412/.444/.647 in 17 at-bats. He expressed eagerness to work with Barry Bonds during camp in February, and anything Posey can learn about hitting from the prolific slugger could lead to an uptick in his already-strong offensive performance this season.Analysis:
Jeroloman was involved in a collision during the Double-A playoffs last season. He's still had some issues with the injury during camp. Jeroloman is expected to provide depth in the team's system.Analysis:
The issue is likely not that serious, but the team will give Rosario some time to rest. Rosario should return to the lineup soon. He hit .292/.315/.486 in 449 at-bats last year.Analysis:
Laird caught a few side sessions Wednesday, and his back held up well. He said he should be ready to play in games within the next few days. Laird hit .281 in 121 at-bats last year.Analysis: