Grandal (Calf) Progressing, Not Ready For Games Yet

"We have to cover a lot of ground before I get into a game," Yasmani Grandal says.

Bruce Levine
February 28, 2020 - 11:46 am

GLENDALE, Ariz. (670 The Score) -- It has been a frustrating three weeks for White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal, who injured his left calf muscle in early February, about 10 days before his new team opened spring training.

Grandal has since been limited in his work and hasn't had any Cactus League action yet. He has been hitting and catching live batting practice recently.

"We are getting close," Grandal said of his recovery. "We are still going to take it as slow as we can.

"It feels pretty good right now. We still have a few hurdles to get over. It's more mental than everything. For the most part, it's felt good."

Grandal is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day on March 26, but he still has more work to do to get right. The quick-twitch movement a catcher must make still gives him some concern, so he can't play in games yet.

"We need to have more tests," Grandal said. "You don't want to get out on the field and try and do something you have never done before. We are trying to cover every single variable that is available to us, everything we need to be sure we are safe out there.

"We have to cover a lot of ground before I get into a game. On top of all that, it's about being comfortable pushing off on it. You can't be thinking about the injury. Once you start thinking about it, you are done."

Grandal has trouble feeling any sensation in his injured calf. The White Sox medical staff told him when he does feel soreness there, it's a good sign he's on the road to a full recovery.

"How do we get it sore -- because it doesn't feel sore anymore -- is the key," Grandal said. "We need to get it sore so I can come out the next day and know what to do. How do we get it loose for one game so we don't have to miss any time?"

The White Sox signed Grandal to a four-year, $73-million deal in November. He hit .246 with 28 homers, 77 RBIs, a .380 on-base percentage and an .848 OPS in 153 games for the Brewers last season.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.