Just under three hours into the rain delay (before it was officially postponed), the Chicago White Sox announced some big-time news. Yasmani Grandal, who hurt himself trying to score from second base on Saturday, isn’t going to miss as much time as anyone would have thought.
After thinking that this was an injury that would end the 2022 season for him, it came out that he is only projected to be out for 10-14 days. That is nothing compared to what the alternative would have been. There is a chance that he comes back to try and help this team get into the playoffs.
We don’t know what the future will hold for Yasmani Grandal because this season has been awful for him. He is contractually supposed to be with the White Sox in 2023 but you never know if he continues to not hit at all.
When he comes back in 10-14 days, he is going to need to start hitting again if he wants to guarantee himself some playing time when the games get even more important. The offseason will determine if he is back again or not.
Chicago White Sox catcherYasmani Grandal’s injury isn’t going to be that bad.
As mentioned before, Grandal was trying to score from second base on the play that he was injured on. Third base coach Joe McEwing sent him home with no outs. Grandal is one of the slowest players in MLB so it was just so obviously a bad call to send him.
In his place, Yasmani Grandal will be replaced mostly by Seby Zavala. For most of this season, Zavala has been the more productive option anyway but we know Grandal is going to get his playing time. If Zavala can keep up with the hot bat, it won’t be that bad.
For the roster as the backup catcher, the White Sox have purchased the contract of Carlos Perez from the AAA Charlotte Knights. He is sure to make his 2022 White Sox debut at some point soon before Grandal comes back. It is an amazing opportunity for him.
If Grandal can come back and be even just a little bit better, it will be a great boost for the team as they try to turn this season into a playoff year. It is great news for him that he won’t be out for that long.