It’s hard to find the right word for the Chicago White Sox’ injury situation in 2021. However, if you had to come up with something you might refer to it as a “tragicomedy”.
Yes, that is a real word, and one that is traditionally used to describe a literary genre that is, you guessed it, hilariously tragic. The Sox have experienced so many injuries to their core lineup this season there’s hardly anything to do but laugh at this point. At risk of jumping to conclusions, tonight has the potential to be just another act in the play.
White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal, who leads the team in OPS and Slugging %, left after the fourth inning of tonight’s 8-2 win over the Tigers. The club confirmed via Twitter that he was dealing with left calf tightness.
The ambiguous description leaves a lot of questions. It could be something as minor as a cramp, or something more. At the time of writing the team is still evaluating.
A Critical Piece
Grandal has had one of the craziest seasons in recent memory. Through the first two months of the season, the 32-year-old slashed .131/.385/.333. His inability to hit countered by his propensity to take a walk was polarizing within the fan base.
However, Grandal has turned it around and silenced the critics over the past month, hitting .260/.402/.603 in the month of June.
With so many critical players already missing time for the White Sox, losing Grandal for any period of time would be another major setback to a team who simply cannot afford any more. However, that statement feels like a broken record at this point.
There has seemingly been a revolving door between Chicago and Triple-A Charlotte lately, with the White Sox announcing a number of moves just today. Let’s hope Grandal’s ailment is something he can quickly shake off so the Sox can keep that door closed, at least for now.