MINNEAPOLIS — The sight of Chicago White Sox players being helped off the field after an injury is getting pretty old.
But it just keeps happening.
A first-place team that's been bombarded by injuries this season was dealt another Monday, when catcher Yasmani Grandal was helped off the field following a check swing in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins.
Grandal left in the fifth inning of Friday's game in Detroit and then didn't play Saturday or Sunday, bothered by tightness in his left calf. He returned to the lineup Monday and then went down with what appeared to be a painful calf strain. He was down on the field for a while before getting up and leaving with assistance.
The White Sox said Grandal was being further evaluated.
A White Sox lineup already down Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal can little afford another big blow. Grandal was a finalist to start the All-Star Game as the American League catcher in the middle of an impressive offensive campaign that's featured an absurd amount of walks and a bat that's heated up, especially from a power perspective, alongside the summertime weather.
Zack Collins subbed in for Grandal after his exits both Friday and Monday. The White Sox sent Yermín Mercedes, who was the team's third/emergency catcher for the first three months of the season, to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.