The Chicago White Sox need to get really hot if they want to make it into the 2022 MLB Postseason. If they don’t become one of the league’s hottest teams soon, they are going to miss the playoffs which is sure to cause a stir in the organization.
Of course, they aren’t getting a big boost before the season is over because we are almost through August. However, there are a couple of injury returns that could impact them in a positive way if they play well.
Both Leury Garcia and Yasmani Grandal have had bad seasons. Not only have they had bad seasons, but you can also say they have had really bad seasons. As bad as they have been, however, they are still going to be improvements over most Minor League players.
For Yasmani Grandal, he will split time with Seby Zavala when he returns unless he starts to look like himself again. He is someone that has proven to be a game changer in the past but has not done that this season. Getting him back is better than not having that as a possibility though.
For Leury Garcia, getting him back might cause a problem. We know that Tony La Russa loves him but they have signed Elvis Andrus since his injury. Both of them will be benched when Tim Anderson comes back but Andrus deserves to play more than Garcia.
They also use Garcia at second base over Josh Harrison way too much. That is not a smart move either because Harrison has proved to be an okay player for the second half of this season. He is better than Leury defensively as well.
The White Sox may get something good out of Leury Garcia or Yasmani Grandal.
These returns could mean good things but they also could mean some not-so-good things as well. It is nice to have every player available and nobody wants to see anyone hurt so it is nice to get them back but we have to hope that they will do more harm than good.
Each of them will start their rehab assignments for AAA Charlotte starting on Friday. It won’t be long from there that they will get back to Major League Baseball. Garcia probably returns first because of the fact that his injury looked less painful and it happened first.
Neither guy is saving this team but they might be able to do something positive. We will see when the time comes.