Coming off a serviceable major-league debut in 2016, Omar Narvaez was slotted in as the White Sox's Opening Day catcher. Eventually, Narvaez found himself in a three-headed timeshare behind the plate with veterans Geovany Soto and Kevan Smith. After Soto went down with an injury in early May, Narvaez and Smith split the catching duties the rest of the way, each finishing the season with 73 starts to their name. In his sophomore season, Narvaez posted a league-average 100 wRC+ on a .277/.373/.340 slash line while also playing solid defense. His already low power numbers did take a hit, but he was able to increase his batting average by 10 points while continuing to walk at an excellent 12.9 percent clip. The 25-year-old will likely see fewer opportunities with Welington Castillo signing with the White Sox, and his lack of power greatly limits his fantasy appeal to begin with.
Narvaez is dealing with tennis elbow and did not travel with the team this weekend, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. His 2017 campaign is over, and hopefully the elbow issue does not affect his offseason routine. Narvaez finishes with a .277/.373/.340 slash line and two home runs in 295 plate appearances. He should enter 2018 as a comfortable member of the 25-man roster, but he may struggle to see enough plate appearances to be useful in standard formats.
Narvaez (elbow) is in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels. The club was optimistic that Narvaez wasn't dealing with a major elbow injury, and that indeed was the case as he's ready to return Wednesday. Narvaez has evenly split time behind the dish with Kevan Smith lately, as Narvaez has played 14 games since the start of September. Over said games he's hit .324 with a .878 OPS.
Narvaez has a tender right elbow, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. The White Sox are hopeful that Narvaez will be able to catch Reynaldo Lopez on Wednesday. If he can't go, Kevan Smith is expected to handle the catching duties.
Narvaez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers. With the left-handed Matt Boyd starting for Detroit, Narvaez will head to the bench. Rob Brantly will serve as Chicago's backstop and hit ninth.
Narvaez is out of the lineup against the Twins on Thursday. Narvaez will occupy a spot on the bench for the third time in the past four games as Kevan Smith draws another start behind the plate. Throughout the course of August, Narvaez is hitting .275/.393/.353 with four RBI in 17 games.