The Chicago White Sox have given people some updates on a few players as pitchers and catchers have officially reported to Spring Training.
Baseball is back! The Chicago White Sox had their pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch in Arizona yesterday to begin Spring Training. Day one was just hype online with a few videos here and there of a couple of guys throwing. There is some news, however, that came out as a result of the big day.
The biggest news was that the newly acquired Yasmani Grandal will miss the first week of Spring Training games due to a mild calf strain. That isn’t really the news that you want to hear upon arriving at the most hyped Spring Training in years but it is what it is. Grandal is going to be okay, as Rick Hahn confirmed that he is going to be ready for opening day. The White Sox put a lot of faith in Grandal based on the contract they gave him so they are going to make sure he is 100 percent good to go.
There are also two pitchers that were dealing with a little bit of discomfort. Lucas Giolito threw today, but they announced that he has a “very mild rib muscle strain”. He is probably going to be the opening day starter so getting him perfectly fine is the most important thing this team can do right now. Giolito did talk to NBC Sports Chicago’s Chuck Garfien about it where he said he is “zero percent” concerned about it. He threw from 120 feet today and is just about a week behind.
One of the newer White Sox pitchers has a bit of an issue as well. Gio Gonzalez was acquired over the winter to be a back of the rotation guy. He is going to miss the first week of games in Spring Training as well with some discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Depth at starter is important so Gonzalez is likely going to be a big part of this team.
Outside of a few minor injuries to guys, it is exciting to have baseball back in our lives. These guys are all extremely confident that they are going to be perfectly fine as Spring Training continues so there is really no reason to worry. Things really get underway later today with workouts.