CHICAGO – Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jiménez all have dealt with the injury bug over the past two months, but the White Sox’s talented young trio was positioned to play in the same game Thursday night for the first time since June 25.
Right before batting practice, the Sox announced Jiménez was scratched with a right hip strain. The wait continues.
“He felt it [Wednesday],” manager Rick Renteria said. “In the game [at Minnesota] he didn’t say anything, played the whole nine innings. He came in today, did some hitting, said he didn’t feel anything, went out and ran, felt a little tightness. For us an abundance of caution. Just give him the day and let him get treated up, and hopefully this is a very short-lived break for him.”
Anderson has been back in the Sox’s lineup since July 30, when he returned from a sprained ankle. Before the current hip ailment, Jiménez missed time with an elbow injury.
Moncada was back in the lineup against the Rangers for the first time since July 30. Returning from a hamstring strain, the third baseman sparked the Sox to a 6-1 win over Texas.
“It has been a long time for me since the last time I played here,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “I just tried to get my treatment, get ready, get rehabbed and get healthy as fast as I could. Now I feel good and I’m ready to play.”
Moncada got ready for his return with five rehab games for Triple-A Charlotte, where he was 9 for 22 (.409) with two home runs and six RBIs.
He showed no signs of rust against the Rangers, hitting a two-run homer in the third inning and adding a double in the fifth.
In his final at-bat, Moncada grounded out to third and hit the dirt after tripping coming out of the box. He stayed in the game but heard it from his teammates.
“The leg’s no good!” José Abreu said.
“They were all over me about that,” Moncada said. “Everything’s good. Just a little scratch on my knee.”
Ross Detwiler started for the Sox on Thursday, and the journeyman left-hander held Texas to a run on three hits.
“He did a nice job,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He kept those guys off balance.”
Detwiler finished with eight strikeouts, a career high.
“I felt good,” said Detwiler, who had his changeup working. “Just keeping the ball down. I tried to keep the ball at the bottom of the (strike) zone.”
Moncada played briefly with outfielder Luis Robert during his rehab stint at Charlotte and was asked about the star prospect Thursday.
“I think he’s having a terrific season,” Moncada said. “He’s talented and we’re all seeing that. I think he’s ready. I think he’s ready for this level. But he still needs to do the things that the team wants him to do.”