Yasmani Grandal nurses knee as White Sox backup-catcher battle gets going

Yasmani Grandal has been sidelined the last few days of White Sox camp after twisting his knee during a running drill last week.

According to manager Tony La Russa, the White Sox starting catcher was dealing with a little inflammation in his knee and was held out of practice, expected to miss the first couple Cactus League games. Grandal didn’t play in the White Sox spring opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The White Sox provided an update Sunday that Grandal is ramping up his hitting and throwing and is expected back soon.

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While Grandal’s absence seems like it will be brief, it could have some sort of impact, however small, on the battle for job of backing him up. That’s one of the few position fights of note in White Sox camp, with youngsters Zack Collins, Yermín Mercedes and Seby Zavala, as well as veteran Jonathan Lucroy, all in the mix.

“When (Grandal) doesn’t play, it’s going to create opportunities,” La Russa said Saturday. “And we’re really evaluating, even in the (intrasquad) games the last two days, we’re evaluating the other four guys.

“I’d rather have Yaz on time, but if Collins catches tomorrow and starts the game and Mercedes catches the game Monday, figure out which guy gets the second half of both of those, the opportunity is there for them to show something, get some attention.”

Collins did…

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