In what some may characterize as the very best day of the year, the big takeaway from the first day of pitchers and catchers reporting to Camelback Ranch involved injuries.
And those injuries, all minor per GM Rick Hahn, are to three of the White Sox’s biggest pieces:
- Catcher Yasmani Grandal has a mild calf strain and will sit out the first week of Cactus League play.
- Presumptive Opening Day starter Lucas Giolito has soreness in a chest muscle and will also sit for the first week.
- Gio González has some shoulder discomfort. Rinse, repeat regarding availability.
Now, another blog immediately tweeted out a cutesy comp of Grandal’s injury to Jon Jay’s a year ago, but good goddam, it’s February 12. Let’s be happy for a day.
González is a veteran who has never missed significant time, and Giolito threw at White Sox camp today. Knowing the Tasmanian Devil that is Yasmani Grandal he was probably also active, doing dozens of other exercises and prep to stay in shape and get game-ready. But this word from Hahn means we likely won’t see any of these guys in games until March.
Save for the relief it brings those stuck in snow, wind, sleet and cold, it makes you wonder why spring training is six weeks long.
Otherwise, here are some “tweetstorm”-style news and notes from around Camelback Ranch on Wednesday. Thanks to many beat writers, as well as the usual dogged determination of our own Kim Contreras, for today’s insights.
Baseballs hitting leather. Sounds of spring. (Keuchel, Lopez) pic.twitter.com/FsyPhid8eT— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) February 12, 2020
I was at Sox Spring Traing Home this morning. The energy is wonderful. Almost all the pitchers have been here many days before today’s reporting day. Some players came right from Soxfest. The guys are jacked. Giolito got here early and Moncada and Garcia have been here 2 weeks— Steve Stone (@stevestone) February 12, 2020
Michael Kopech. Threw sideline today, no restrictions. pic.twitter.com/DvuQ03095r— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) February 12, 2020
Lucas Giolito on what ails him. pic.twitter.com/Hkq7YcxHfd— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) February 12, 2020
Keuchel (aqua) and Lopez (red) and Ruiz (conventional) pic.twitter.com/4W4TS4tWRO— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) February 12, 2020
Carlos Rodon (stache) and Dallas Keuchel (beard) pic.twitter.com/dJamAbq3CH— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) February 12, 2020
How bout some Andrew Vaughn in the cage. pic.twitter.com/Uf5Zxn7eQH— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) February 12, 2020
Yoan Moncada switched agencies yesterday. Today, Rick Hahn is talking about extensions. Interesting timing https://t.co/NBfOQKlwoi— Sean Williams (@Sean_W10) February 12, 2020
#WhiteSox GM Rick Hahn: "We've gotten this into a position where certainly brighter days are ahead and we're probably talking years, not brighter months."— Scot Gregor (@scotgregor) February 12, 2020
Hahn asked if Kopech is going to start season at Class AAA Charlotte: “It’s Day 1. Let’s hold off on cutting guys.”— Scot Gregor (@scotgregor) February 12, 2020
I didn't get to the Ranch til 10 and thought I'd missed the first day. Happy to report I did not.— Kim (@FireLeagueKim) February 12, 2020
Pitchers and catchers work out in area not accessed by the public, which is a complete bummer. But catchers have to take BP and pitchers work on PFPs where we can watch. #WhiteSox
Dylan Cease had been the "acting catcher" for Detwiler, then they switched positions pic.twitter.com/HgdWvwCae4— Kim (@FireLeagueKim) February 12, 2020
Stopped in the team store to check out all the new, fun stuff. Delighted to find there's a "sale" rack. T-shirts for $10 and others marked down A LOT. #WhiteSox #SpringTraining pic.twitter.com/3BvO7nRAtQ— Kim (@FireLeagueKim) February 12, 2020
Saving the most delicious for last:
In news of other teams, for a moment this afternoon “James Shields” was trending on Twitter and users dropped their collective jaw. But it was just more props for the grandest mentor, Big Game:
Price says 33 is a nod to James Shields who "took me under his wing" as a young player in Tampa— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 12, 2020
Also, stay tuned tomorrow, as a Houston Astros press conference, featuring the owner, new manager Dusty Baker, and players happens in Florida. Today, the complex was roped off — or at least access to Astros players was largely prohibited.
And finally, I seem to get roasted a little posting too much “other site” stuff here, so I’ll simply announce that the third annual White Sox Hall of Fame vote, moved over to SSHP, inducted Joe Jackson, Paul Konerko, Carlton Fisk, Harold Baines and Ed Walsh today.