MON­CADA, RUIZ ON ‘IN­JURED’ LIST

Chicago Sun-Times - - SOX BEAT - Daryl Van Schouwen

Third base­man Yoan Mon­cada and right-handed pitcher Jose Ruiz, spec­u­lated to be the two White Sox play­ers who tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus dur­ing the team’s in­take test­ing pe­riod, were put on the 10-day in­jured list Fri­day.

The Sox’ an­nounce­ment didn’t spec­ify the rea­sons why the two men are on the IL. Teams aren’t per­mit­ted to say if the coro­n­avirus is the rea­son.

Mon­cada and Ruiz have not been seen in camp since it opened July 3, the day the Sox an­nounced that two un­named play­ers tested pos­i­tive. Those play­ers were said to be asymp­to­matic and must pass con­sec­u­tive tests be­fore be­ing ac­ti­vated.

“We can­not com­ment on the health sta­tus of in­di­vid­ual play­ers or em­ploy­ees re­gard­ing COVID-19, and the play­ers in­volved re­quested pri­vacy at this time re­lated to their health sit­u­a­tions,” the Sox said then.

Ruiz was on the bub­ble among re­liev­ers to make the pitch­ing staff for Open­ing Day on July 24, but Mon­cada had emerged as one of the game’s best play­ers last sea­son. Danny Men­dick, An­drew Romine and Leury Gar­cia are op­tions at third if Mon­cada isn’t ready.

Third base­man Ch­es­lor Cuth­bert, who had trou­ble leav­ing Nicaragua and was late for the start of camp, re­turned to Chicago on Thurs­day. Mi­nor-lea­guers Yer­min Mercedes, a catcher, and An­drew Vaughn ,a first base­man, played third base in in­trasquad games the last two days.

Keuchel per­fect in in­trasquad game

Left-han­der Dal­las Keuchel started and re­tired all seven bat­ters he faced in the Sox’ in­trasquad game at Guar­an­teed Rate Field. He struck out Adam En­gel, An­drew Vaughn and Zack Collins.

“He could have went out there for an­other one,” said bench coach Joe McEwing, who’s run­ning the team while Sox man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria is in Cal­i­for­nia for a funeral. “It was great to see him out there. A lot of pos­i­tives, a lot of ground balls . . . . We are get­ting him where he needs to be.”

THE WHOA FAC­TOR

McEwing said short­stop Tim Anderson has done ex­er­cises to open his hips and in­crease flex­i­bil­ity “so he could bend more.”

“The way his body, his move­ments, work, he is in a bet­ter po­si­tion get­ting off the ball, field­ing the ball, throw­ing the ball,” said McEwing, who works with the in­field­ers. “The ball is com­ing out of his hands strong right now . . . and he’s like, ‘Joe, I’m only like 50 to 60 per­cent.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa.’ ’’

Anderson trig­gered an­other “whoa” in the in­trasquad game Fri­day, belt­ing a home run to cen­ter against Kelvin Her­rera. He also sin­gled sharply to left against Jimmy Cordero.

CUTOUTS CLAIMED FAST

FAN­tas­tic Faces, the card­board cutouts of fans’ like­nesses that will be dis­played at Guar­an­teed Rate Field dur­ing the Sox’ open­ing home­s­tand, sold out quickly.

More than 1,500 cutouts will fill seats for the three-game se­ries against the Twins on July 24-26. At $49 per cutout, they gen­er­ated more than $55,000 for White Sox Char­i­ties.

This and that

First base­man Jose Abreu home­red against closer Alex Colome, who also struck out Luis Robert on three pitches, walked Yas­mani Gran­dal and re­tired Eloy Jimenez and No­mar Mazara in the in­trasquad game.

◆ Righty re­liever Jimmy Codero pitched two score­less innings with two strike­outs. ✶

JOHN ANTONOFF/SUN-TIMES (ABOVE), CAR­LOS OSORIO/AP

Third base­man Yoan Mon­cada (above) and re­liever Jose Ruiz are be­lieved to be the two Sox who tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus this month, though the Sox won’t con­firm.

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