10:58 p.m: Grandal will be on the injured list and Perez will be called up from Triple-A, manager Tony La Russa told reporters (including Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times).
10:27 p.m: The White Sox announced that Grandal left the game due to left knee discomfort, and the catcher is still being evaluated.
10:18 p.m: White Socks trap Yasmani Grandal left Saturday’s game with an apparent left leg injury after a play at the plate. after Elvis Andrus singled in the seventh inning, Grandal was thrown out trying to score from second base, and appeared to injure his knee on a clumsy attempt to avoid the tag. Grandal had to be helped off the field, and did not return to the game.
More will be known about Grandal’s status after the game, but it would certainly appear as if the veteran catcher will miss at least some time. Given the calendar, anything beyond a minor injury could jeopardize the rest of Grandal’s 2022 season.
Grandal already missed five weeks with back spasms earlier this season, and another major injury would only add to a nightmare year for the 33-year-old back. Limited to 287 plate appearances over 73 games, Grandal is hitting just .202/.307/.258, career lows in all three categories. His once remarkable power has completely declined, with an Isolated Slugging stat of just .056 (miles below the .211 ISO he carried over his first 10 seasons). While Grandal still has one of the league’s best walk rates, his lack of other production at the plate has made him a below-replacement player, with a -0.2 fWAR.
As rough as Grandal’s season has been, the White Sox won’t be helped by the possible loss of their starting catcher as the team continues to fight for a playoff spot. Chicago dealt a defensive specialist Reese McGuire to the Red Sox at the trade deadline, leaving Seby Zavala as the primary backup and now a possible starter down the stretch. Zavala (who turns 29 later in August) has posted big numbers at Triple-A this season and has an above-average 108 wRC+ in 142 PA in the majors this season, hitting .281/.329/.398.
Nick Ciuffo and Rowdy Read are the only other catchers in Chicago’s farm system with MLB experience. Neither is on the 40-man roster, and neither is Carlos Perez, a longtime member of the White Sox farm system who is hitting .259/.317/.448 with 17 home runs for Triple-A Charlotte this season. In the event that Grandal misses some of the entire season, the Sox would have to turn to one of these options, or perhaps look to the waiver wire or minor league trade route to land more catching depth.