Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal will be reinstated Tuesday from a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test that called into question just how good his rookie numbers were.
Beyond saying he made a ''mistake,'' Grandal has never told team officials why he took PEDs. Now they say Grandal will have to quiet any skepticism with his play.
Grandal was part of San Diego's second-half resurgence in 2012, hitting .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 60 games. The switch-hitter was called up on June 1, made his big league debut the next day and was sent back down. He was back up less than a month later, for good.
The Padres plan to reinstate Grandal prior to Tuesday night's game at Seattle and option backup catcher John Baker to Triple-A Tucson. Grandal was allowed to play 10 games at Triple-A to prepare for his return.
Once he's back, ''I would expect him to play well and help us win games,'' said general manager Josh Byrnes, who obtained Grandal, first baseman Yonder Alonso...