The Chicago White Sox have a revolving door in their dugout. This revolving door is for injuries, ineffective play, and poor decision-making. It just seems that as soon as something bad is going out, something else negative comes in.
If something good happens, something bad gets let in through the revolving door. Players are always getting hurt and coming back and then getting hurt again. It’s a vicious cycle.
One player that has not been immune to the injury bug this season is catcher Yasmani Grandal. Grandal missed a significant amount of time with back issues and has just recently made his way back into the lineup.
Just prior to his leaving for a while with those back problems, Grandal had just finally hit his stride and was doing well hitting the ball. But, his back injury took him out and disrupted his rhythm.
Now, he has come back and is hitting again. It isn’t anything lights out but he is hitting the ball and that’s important for the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox needs more from Yasmani Grandal in the second half.
Grandal is taking up space on the roster just like every other player is and with three catchers on board, one of them must rise to the top.
Seby Zavala has been doing a decent job of holding his own while Reese McGuire has faded away a bit and could be trade bait. In order for Grandal to not be trade bait, he has to continue to keep hitting and even improve by hitting more home runs as well as getting more extra-base hits.
Grandal carries with him a hefty salary and needs to live up to the money that they are paying him. Many fans will argue that Grandal is not putting forth the kind of production that his salary dictates and they are correct.
He’s not producing what he should be for someone getting paid what he’s getting paid. Management is going to hope that Grandal can turn things up over the next few weeks and contribute much more than he has been able to.
He is showing signs of life as he had a productive game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday by knocking in two runs to keep the White Sox in the game. He’s a patient hitter and takes at the plate often. There is no doubt that he’s good when he’s healthy.
Having Grandal become a regular contributor on offense would help the White Sox out immensely. Having that extra hot bat to go along with some of the other hot bats in the lineup would only equal more wins.
Grandal has to do his part or the team will suffer and he may find himself out of a job or on another team.