Yasmani Grandal might be out for a little bit. But that's certainly preferable to him being out for a lot bit.
The White Sox No. 1 catcher departed Monday night's game early with lower back stiffness and was out of the lineup for Tuesday night's game. Manager Rick Renteria said he hoped Grandal could return to the White Sox lineup by the end of the week. The White Sox start the first of two Crosstown series against the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field.
"He's doing better today with (the) back tightness," Renteria said of Grandal. "We started treating him last night and continue to do it today. He walked around better today. Hopefully it's not long.
"We'll see in a couple of days. Right now, I'd just list him day to day. We don't think this is going to be a protracted stint of not playing. We want to make sure that back calms down, and hopefully before the end of the week he's back in there again."
As we're seeming to say on a very frequent basis this season, that's relatively good injury news. If Grandal avoids an injured-list stint and is back in a couple days, that's obviously good for the White Sox. Fortunately, No. 2 catcher James McCann has been quite good this season and is more than capable in Grandal's absence.
But whether it's relatively good or not, the injury news just won't stop for these White Sox. Grandal's early departure from Monday's game came the same day Adam Engel went on the injured list, not because of a positive COVID-19 test but because he might have come into close contact with an infected individual. That came just a couple days after it was revealed Leury García needed thumb surgery and will miss the remainder of the regular season. And of course Reynaldo López, Carlos Rodón, Nick Madrigal, Aaron Bummer and Ian Hamilton all remain on the injured list. Yoán Moncada, Nomar Mazara and Tim Anderson have all spent time on the injured list this season, and Edwin Encarnación had his own day-to-day affliction.
That's a lot of injuries considering the White Sox played just 23 games through Monday night. They're certainly not the only team dealing with such problems, but it's a lot, hence the increased attention paid to Grandal and what might not end up being the biggest deal in the world. We'll see.
The White Sox hope he can be back by the end of the week. But that's still missed time in a season where every game means so much. Stay tuned.