Drew Silva outlines why Chicago White Sox RP Kendall Graveman is in line for more save opportunities moving forward.
DREW SILVA: Liam Hendriks landed on the injured list on June 14 with a right forearm strain and will be sidelined until sometime in July, opening the door for Kendall Graveman to step into the closer role for the White Sox. Graveman has the high leverage experience. He earned 10 saves in the first half of the 2021 season with the Mariners before they traded him to the Astros.
And he also has the numbers, a tremendous 2.02 ERA with 88 strikeouts over his last 84 plus innings between Seattle, Houston, and now this year, with Chicago. There is talk of Joe Kelly also getting ninth inning looks while Hendricks is on the shelf, but Kelly has been used only sparingly by manager Tony La Russa since return it from his own injured list stint.
Graveman is the primary reliever to roster from that pale hose bullpen, at least until Hendriks returns. And you never with forearm injuries. Graveman could keep the gig for an extended stretch as the Sox try to make up ground in the AL Central race.