White Sox hopeful Yoan Moncada can avoid IL stint

HOUSTON — Yoan Moncada had an MRI carried out on his proper hamstring Saturday, a day after leaving the White Sox’ 13-3 loss to the Astros with hamstring tightness. The Sox have their fingers crossed.

“Simply undecided of the severity,” stated supervisor Tony La Russa earlier than the Sox performed the Astros Saturday afternoon. “He was not as involved however our [trainers] are. He has a sure historical past.”

La Russa and common supervisor Rick Hahn had been ready on outcomes of the scan “earlier than pulling the set off” on a roster transfer, La Russa stated. Leury Garcia, like Moncada a switch-hitter, had soreness in his aspect and was out of the lineup, and La Russa tabbed right-handed hitting Seby Zavala to catch starter Johnny Cueto, leaving the Sox with a right-handed hitting lineup in opposition to Justin Verlander.

There was hope Moncada will keep away from a stint on the injured checklist but additionally uncertainty. Moncada’s hamstring examined OK for power and suppleness, which is when he stayed within the sport for an inning. However he felt one thing and was pulled.

“I don’t know what to suppose,” La Russa stated

“Once they received within the coaching room in a while they went to a spot, so I don’t know. We’ll wait and see.”

Moncada has handled indirect, quand and hamstring accidents this season and was struggling on the plate earlier than getting 5 hits together with a homer and 5 RBI Wednesday in Detroit.

Singles group

The Sox peppered Justin Verlander with eight hits within the first 4 innings, seven of them singles together with a two-run base hit by Luis Robert, adopted by Jose Abreu’s two-run double within the third giving Johnny Cueto a 4-0 lead.

Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick and Andrew Vaughn began the inning with singles to load the bases.

Jose Altuve let Vaughn’s sharp floor ball undergo his legs for an error with two outs, scoring the fifth run, and Robert doubled in two extra runs to make it 7-0 and finish Verlander’s afternoon.

Pollock on a roll

AJ Pollock’s streak of seven straight multihit video games got here to an finish Friday, however Pollock homered to right-center to attain the Sox’ solely runs after flying out deep to proper middle.

Pollock (.262/.296/.399) is batting .410/.452/.564 in that stretch. He was batting .216/.246/.333 via Could.

“When issues are going flawed there’s plenty of issues going wroing,” Pollock stated. “When it’s not going proper you retain working and hope issues begin to click on.”

The Sox as a workforce are hitting .282/.337/.414 over the past 26 video games, elevating their season common from .226 to .251.

“Hitting will be contagious in a great way and in a foul approach, too,” Pollock stated. “While you’re not hitting you possibly can put everybody else’s at-bats on your self. The trick is to do your job and swing on the pitches you wish to swing at, be aggressive within the zone for your self.”

Eager on Lambert

La Russa stated right-hander Jimmy Lambert reminds him of a younger Adam Wainwright, whom La Russa managed in St. Louis — excessive reward, certainly. La Russa gained’t hesitate to make use of Lambert in excessive leverage conditions.

“I’m very impressed, yeah that’s the enjoyable half,” La Russa stated. “You see the distinction in final 12 months. He received his ft moist. He’s truly making pitches with three or 4 pitches, very aggressive.”

Lambert, who has battled accidents in recent times, owns a 3.09 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 11 23 innings overlaying 5 appearances.

“The important thing now could be he pitches an inning give him a pair days, pitches a pair innings give him three days,” La Russa stated. “Simply don’t damage him.”

This and that

Proper-hander Davis Martin, who pitched 5 scoreless innings in aid of Vince Velasquez Wednesday in Detroit, is offered as safety for starter Michael Kopech Sunday, making his first begin since leaving final Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Rangers with a sore proper knee.

“If one thing’s flawed with Kopech get him out of there immediately,” La Russa stated. “[Martin will] bounce in there.”

*The Giants claimed Yermin Mercedes off waivers from the White Sox and assigned him to Triple-A Sacremento.

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