"When it first happened, [the training staff and my teammates] didn't know what I was saying because I couldn't really move my jaw too much," Grandal said. "It's gotten a little better now. It's definitely hard to swallow, hard to bite down, so I'll probably be on a liquid diet for a couple of days."
With the Dodgers leading, 1-0, Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor fouled a Zack Greinke offering off the lower portion of the catcher's mask, and Grandal immediately called for a trainer before discarding his mask and glove. Video replay showed Grandal pointing to his chin and plugging his ears with his fingers during talks with the trainer and Mattingly.
"When he left the game, I thought he broke his jaw," Mattingly said. "He couldn't even talk out on the field. They are going to do a CAT scan tomorrow, or some kind of scan, to make sure nothing minor is in there. He's feeling pretty good right now."
After a brief conversation, A.J. Ellis replaced Grandal behind the plate.
"I spent the rest of the game with probably 70 percent focus on the game and 30 percent concerned about how he was," Ellis said.
Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.