10:58 PMcoach Tony La Russa told reporters (including Daryl Van Schoen from the Chicago Sun-Times).
10:27 PM: The White Sox announced that Grandal left the game due to discomfort in his left knee, and the catcher is still being evaluated.
10:18 pm: White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal He left Saturday’s game with an obvious left leg injury after playing on the board. after, after Elvis Andrews In the seventh inning, Grandal was sent off trying to score from second base, appearing to hurt his knee in an embarrassing attempt to avoid the mark. Grandal had to be helped off the field, and he never got back into the game.
More will be known about Grandal’s condition after the match, however it will certainly appear as if the veteran catcher is going to miss at least some time. Looking at the calendar, anything beyond a minor injury could jeopardize the rest of Grandal’s 2022 season.
Grandal already missed five weeks due to back spasms earlier this season, and another major injury will only add to a nightmare year for the 33-year-old assistant. Grandal’s 287 appearance is limited to 73 games, scoring only .202/.307/.258, his career lows in all three slash categories. His once-remarkable power has completely waned, with an isolated insulation count of just 0.056 (miles under the .211 ISO he carried during his first 10 seasons). While Grandal still has one of the best walk rates in the league, his lack of other production on the board made him a sub-alternate player, with -0.2 fWAR.
Despite Grandal’s season being grueling, the White Sox won’t be helped by the prospect of losing his main catch as the team continues to fight for a playoff point. Chicago dealt with a defensive specialist Reese McGuire To the Red Sox on trade deadline, leaving Sibi Zavala As a basic backup and a possible start now. Zavala (who turns 29 later in August) has set big numbers in Triple-A this season and has above average 108 wRC+ in 142 PAs in the majors this season, coming in at .281/.329/.398.
Nick Sifu And the Rudy Reed They are the only other anglers in the Chicago farm system with MLB experience. Neither of them are on the 40-man list, and neither are they Carlos Perez, a longtime member of the White Sox Ranch System that has made .259/ .317/ .448 with 17 homers for Triple-A Charlotte this season. Should Grandal miss some of the entire season, the Sox will have to resort to one of these options, perhaps looking up the waivers wire or the minor league trade route to get more eye-catching depth.
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