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White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal undergoes second knee surgery

by Joe Binder

Thanks to a recent Instagram post, we received a medical update on the White Sox’ primary catcher.

Yasmani Grandal shared on Wednesday that he recently underwent a second procedure on his right knee. Though the team hasn’t provided any specifics on the purpose of the surgery, one can assume it’s to further repair damage from a torn tendon originally suffered during a July game against Minnesota.

The above post from Grandal reads as follows:

“To say this year was a challenging learning process is an understatement. I want to thank my beautiful wife @hdgrandal for always understanding even after having to schedule my 2nd surgery on our 9th anniversary ?. You are always looking forward. Reminding me and assuring me it’s all going to be alright. With that said I want to Thank @whitesox fans for such an amazing year. Can’t wait to see you guys again. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face. Can’t wait to see what the future holds but I can guarantee you this, it’s going to be one hell of a ride on the Southside. So buckle up. See you soon.”

Though the 32-year-old backstop spent nearly two months on the IL due to the tear in his knee, it didn’t seem to hurt his impressive approach at the plate. In 93 games, he slashed .240/.420/.520 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI, 87 walks, a .939 OPS, and a wRC+ of 159, the highest of his career. Unsurprisingly, however, his defensive numbers didn’t hold up as well – likely a direct result of his injury.

The Athletic’s James Fegan also shared via Twitter that the organization expects their catcher to be ready to go for spring training without any restrictions. A fully healthy Grandal will be paramount for the team, especially since he’s guaranteed $36.5 million over the next two seasons and has shown the importance of his consistent presence in the lineup.

As we learn more, we’ll continue to update this article. Be sure to also give us a follow on social media @SoxOn35th for additional content!

Featured Photo: White Sox/Twitter

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