Report: Tim Anderson Was Also Slapped In White Sox Clubhouse Confrontation

So it turns out that maybe the KO slug from Jose Ramirez wasn't the first time that beleaguered Chicago White Sox shortstop was smacked in the head in recent days. A report out of the Windy City says that his own teammate, Yasmani Grandal, has also pulled the trigger.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal was thought to have begged out of the lineup one day early before the All-Star break, and wasn't in the lineup that game. Shane Riordan, an executive producer with Chicago sports radio 670 The Score, paraphrased Tim Anderson's comments on that day, as "F**k him. If he doesn't want to be here, I'll pay for his flight."

At which point, Grandal, according to Riordan, walked over to TA in the tub and slapped him across the face.

You can take this report any way you want, but Grandal has denied it.

"This is unreal," said Grandal. "I know people are... trying to put a story out... but... (long pause)... it's crazy to what extent people can go to just put something out there." 

Whichever way you look at it, the atmosphere in the White Sox clubhouse is clearly toxic, as confirmed by the outgoing reliever Keynan Middleton, who made some comments to that effect on his way out the door when he was dealt to the New York Yankees. He said the clubhouse had "no rules."

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