The Chicago White Sox dropped some bad news on Luis Robert ahead of Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Guardians. However, his stint in the IL (that we hope is done by next Friday) wasn’t the only news that came out from the team.
The news wasn’t all bad either as both Eloy Jimenez and Yasmani Grandal are in the starting lineup for the White Sox. We knew that Jimenez was going to be okay as he was available (although he didn’t play) last weekend before the All-Star break.
Jimenez is going to be batting sixth and acting as the designated hitter. That is probably the best spot for him after that little injury scare that he dealt with. It would be nice to get his big bat going again.
Grandal coming back is huge. He hasn’t played for a while as he has been rehabbing an injury in the Minor Leagues for the few weeks leading up to this point. He will be batting fifth and catching for the White Sox in this one.
The Chicago White Sox are getting Yasmani Grandal back to start the 2nd half.
We knew that Grandal was going to be coming back soon so there was a heavy debate on who would go between Reese McGuire and Seby Zavala. McGuire’s case to stay revolves around his glove and Zavala’s is around his bat.
Reese’s defense is probably more sustainable so he would likely get the nod but they both get to stay as a result of Luis Robert hitting the Injured List. They will decide on that now when he returns if there are no other injuries between now and next Friday.
Grandal had an abysmal start to the 2022 season but was really getting going right before he got hurt. It was a shame to see him go down because he was just starting to look like the Yasmani Grandal that we all knew in 2021. If he can be 80 percent of that in his return the White Sox would be thrilled.
When the White Sox get a player like Grandal back they lose Robert. When he comes back next Friday, it would be nice to see the whole band together ready to go on a run to the end of the season. For now, we can only hope that Grandal gets it done.