The Chicago White Sox are one step closer to being fully healthy. The team announced on Tuesday that Yasmani Grandal has been promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. Grandal was seen doing some baserunning with the big league club at Wrigley Field on August 7th. The next night he took batting practice with the team and was launching bombs into the bleachers.
Shortly after that, he began a rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham. During his time in Birmingham, he went 4-for-11 with a walk, two RBIs, and two runs scored. After just four games he got the promotion to Charlotte.
Grandal has been out since July 5th with a torn tendon in his knee. It was a noncontact injury that made it especially worrisome. Grandal underwent successful surgery to repair the knee a few weeks later. The fact that he is already back to baseball activity is a testament to his dedication and toughness.
"“A lot of it, I think is his toughness and his willingness to work,” manager Tony La Russa said before he began his rehab assignment in Birmingham. “He’s shown that over and over again.”"
With Grandal being a catcher, the concern was that catching would be bad on the knees. However, Grandal has had no problems catching and is more worried about the pressure hitting put on his knees when he was to transfer power. Before the season started, Grandal was dealing with knee issues and it wasn’t until he was fully healthy a few weeks into the season that fans began to witness his power stroke.
The Chicago White Sox are going to look even better once Yasmani Grandal gets back.
Grandal will be a welcomed addition back into the lineup. The production from the catcher spot in the lineup has dropped significantly with Zack Collins hitting just .200 and Seby Zavala hitting .230. Neither of them has provided much power either.
Yasmani Grandal was putting together an All-Star caliber season before going down with an injury. The switch-hitting catcher had 14 home runs and 38 RBIs. He also had a .388 OBP despite his .188 batting average. His walk rate was one of the highest in baseball. It is unknown how many games he will have to play in Charlottle before being called up. One thing is for sure, he is coming soon.