David Price stepped on a bat and hurt his hamstring on Friday

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Tigers starter David Price left his start against the Royals in the seventh inning on Friday after he stepped on a bat while backing up home plate after an Alex Gordon single. MLB.com’s Jason Beck explains how it happened:

Plate umpire Alan Porter tossed Gordon’s bat out of the home-plate area to avoid any potential contact with Hosmer. At nearly the same time, Price was running to back up home and ended up where the bat landed. Replays showed Price stepped on the bat with his right foot, which then rolled with the bat behind him.

Price immediately hopped around in pain. He threw a few warmup pitches to test his leg, but he was in considerable discomfort, hunching over on the back of the mound. He left the game but stayed on the dugout bench, keeping weight off his right foot.

Price left the start having allowed five runs (four earned) on 13 hits and no walks while recording only one strikeout. After the game, manager Brad Ausmus said the injury had something to do with the hamstring, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Ausmus added that he was less concerned with the injury after the game than during the game. “Any injury is concerning,” Ausmus said. “Especially when you talk about the ace of your staff.”

Price will undergo further evaluation on Saturday which should provide some clarity as to whether or not the left-hander will miss any starts or go on the disabled list.

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.