UPDATE: The White Sox released the following statement on Sunday afternoon:
Further examination of Yasmani Grandal’s left knee revealed no acute damage to the ligaments, tendons or cartilage around the knee. He is dealing with inflammation caused by the hyperextension of the knee and will progress as tolerated.
Grandal is preliminarily projected to return to play in 10-14 days.
Prior to Sunday’s series finale in Cleveland, the White Sox made a trio of roster moves:
- Placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the 10-day injured list with a left knee strain;
- Selected the contract of catcher Carlos Pérez from Triple-A Charlotte
- Transferred RHP Kyle Crick to the 60-day IL
Grandal, 33, left Saturday night’s game with a knee injury in the seventh inning. The backstop suffered the injury attempting to score on Elvis Andrus’ single to centerfield. Grandal was unable to leave the field under his own power and looked to be in a considerable amount of pain. As further evaluations are completed, a better idea of his future should be known.
Grandal has been struggling mightily throughout this season and has battled through some knee injuries over the past few years. He is hitting .203 (51-251) with five doubles, three home runs, and 21 RBI in 74 games in 2022, his third season with the White Sox. The veteran has one year remaining on his contract.
In the meantime, the White Sox will have decided to promote Carlos Pérez from Triple-A Charlotte to accompany Seby Zavala behind the dish. Pérez, 25, is a career .269/.317/.383 (497-1,847) hitter with 85 doubles, 37 home runs, and 239 RBI in 509 games over eight seasons (2014-19, 2021-22) in the Sox minor-league system. He originally was signed by Chicago as an international free agent on March 14, 2014. With many believing he could be the starting catcher of the future, our Jordan Lazowski provided a full player breakdown in a separate article, which can be found here.
On the back-end of the roster moves is the placement of right-handed reliever Kyle Crick on the 60-day IL to make room for Perez. Crick was originally placed on the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, retroactive to June 14. He was 2-0 with a 4.02 ERA (7 ER/15.2 IP) and 19 strikeouts in 14 relief appearances with the White Sox this season.
Following the moves, Chicago’s 40-man roster remains at 40.
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