White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal progressing but still not ready to play

White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal progressing but still not ready to play

Yasmani Grandal has been working on the backfields at White Sox camp. | John Antonoff/For the Sun-Times

“It feels good right now,” Grandal said of his calf strain. “We still have a few hurdles to get over. More mental than anything. For the most part it’s felt really good.”

GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal said he is making progress with his mild left calf strain, but he still does not know when he’ll begin playing Cactus League games.

“It feels good right now,” Grandal said Friday. “We still have a few hurdles to get over. More mental than anything. For the most part it’s felt really good. The plan is still the same. We’re going to take it a day at a time and we’re going to assess it and go from there.”

Mental hurdle seems to be the sticking point for Grandal right now. He said the calf, which he injured about two weeks before the start of spring training while running, is not sore. And Sox training staff have assured him the calf muscle is stronger now than it was before.

“That’s the problem,” Grandal said. “We want to get it sore and we can’t. So we’ve been hammering it out as much as we can and trying to see if I get tired or get sore.

“It’s about being comfortable pushing off it and not really thinking about it. Because once you start thinking, you’re done.”

Grandal has been participating in live batting practice and catching live BPs. Signed to a four-year, $73 million contract in the offseason, he remains confident he will catch in three consecutive spring games before Opening Day.

“Oh, we’re going to get in games,” he said. “We have it planned out.

“I need to make sure I’m able to play three days in a row. We need to make sure I’m catching at least seven innings on back to back days because if you catch seven you can catch nine. So, yeah, that’s that’s what we’re working towards.”

Trainer’s room

Gio Gonzalez, whose 20-pitch bullpen session Thursday was his first, is slated for more similar sidelines Saturday and Monday.

*Dane Dunning, one of the Sox’ top pitching prospects, threw his first live batting practice of the spring. Dunning, a former first-round draft pick acquired from the Nationals with Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez in the Adam Eaton trade, is bouncing back from Tommy John surgery.

*Tim Anderson, who was not scheduled to play, did not come to the park because of an upset stomach.

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