Yasmani Grandal set for ACL surgery, likely out 9-12 months

SAN DIEGO -- Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal will need reconstructive surgery to his anterior cruciate ligament that will end his season, an MRI revealed on Monday.

It's unclear whether Grandal will be ready for the start of Spring Training, as the normal rehab for this injury usually takes about nine to 12 months.

"And everybody's different," said Padres manager Bud Black.

Grandal will have the surgery in about two weeks, after the swelling in his knee subsides. He also has damage in his posterior cruciate ligament, but that won't require surgery. The injury occurred on Saturday when the Nationals' Anthony Rendon slid into Grandal's knee on a force play at the plate. The Padres knew it was serious from the start, and the club placed him on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday.

Grandal's season ended before it really had a chance to get started. The 24-year old played in just 28 games after serving a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing testosterone to start the season. He hit .216 with one home run and nine RBIs.

The Padres have been hampered by injuries all season long and are already without their starting first baseman (Yonder Alonso), second baseman (Jedd Gyorko) and center fielder Cameron Maybin.

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