Mazara goes on 10-day in­jured list

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF REPORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com | @CST_­sox­van

The White Sox will open the sea­son with­out right fielder No­mar Mazara, who went on the 10-day in­jured list for an un­spec­i­fied rea­son Wed­nes­day.

With­out the left-handed-hit­ting Mazara, the Sox, who host the Twins on Fri­day at Guar­an­teed Rate Field, might con­sider a pla­toon of right-hand­ed­hit­ting Adam En­gel and left-handed-hit­ting Nicky Del­monico, who started in right field and hit a tworun home run in the Sox’ 5-3 ex­hi­bi­tion loss to the Brew­ers on Wed­nes­day.

Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said he would dis­cuss who would take Mazara’s spot after the 30-man ros­ter is an­nounced Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“We’re com­fort­able with the op­tions we have,” Ren­te­ria said.

Right field is a new spot for Del­monico, a ca­reer .227/.315/.393 hit­ter with 18 homers in 152 games. He would have to be added to the 40-man ros­ter.

The Sox did not give a rea­son for the Mazara move. Ren­te­ria has been say­ing this week that Mazara was “un­der the weather.”

When a player goes on the in­jured list with no ex­pla­na­tion, it points to the coro­n­avirus as a pos­si­ble rea­son, es­pe­cially when it’s known the player hasn’t been feel­ing well. Teams aren’t re­quired to spec­ify the rea­son if play­ers test pos­i­tive.

Good start for emo­tional Rodon

Other than get­ting nicked by op­po­site­field solo home runs by Ke­ston Hiura and Chris­tian Yelich in his last tuneup be­fore his first start of the reg­u­lar sea­son, left­hander Car­los Rodon was quite pleased. And very emo­tional.

Rodon al­lowed two earned runs, five hits and one walk and struck out seven in five in­nings, show­ing good com­mand with a fast­ball av­er­ag­ing 93 mph. He will make his first start in Cleve­land, prob­a­bly on Tues­day, if he’s the fifth starter as ex­pected.

Rodon had Tommy John surgery in May, which fol­lowed off­sea­son shoul­der surgery be­fore the 2018 sea­son, and while re­flect­ing on his come­back after pitch­ing, he walked away mo­men­tar­ily from his Zoom in­ter­view, wip­ing tears from his eyes.

“Through my time with the White Sox, we’ve had a few ups and downs,” Rodon said, “and that’s kind of where I’ve had to learn how to ma­ture, and I think I’ve grown a lot through them. It hasn’t been easy, es­pe­cially this one [the Tommy John surgery] com­ing off a shoul­der [surgery]. Hon­estly, hav­ing my baby girl, Wil­low, kind of got me through the TJ. And it’s been a ride, man.”

Cease, Lopez, Rodon ‘vi­tally im­por­tant’

Ren­te­ria, who will start Lu­cas Gi­olito and Dal­las Keuchel on Fri­day and

Satur­day against the Twins, said he would an­nounce Sun­day’s starter — which would be Dy­lan Cease or Rey­naldo Lopez —on Thurs­day.

Much of the Sox’ sea­son rests on the shoul­ders of Cease, Lopez and Rodon, Ren­te­ria said.

“It’s vi­tally im­por­tant for us to have those three guys do well,” Ren­te­ria said.

“[They have to] give us in­nings, and that re­quires ef­fi­ciency, com­mand­ing the zone. It’s a huge mo­ment in time for them in terms of, for one, Rodon re-es­tab­lish­ing him­self after com­ing back healthy and feel­ing good, the other two con­tin­u­ing to evolve and de­vel­op­ing who they are as major-lea­guers. This is still a piv­otal time in their ca­reers and for us as an or­ga­ni­za­tion, and we are very hope­ful they’ll do well.”

LuBob leap

Cen­ter fielder Luis Robert leaped over the wall to glove a long drive by Ben Gamel, but his glove and the ball fell to the ground for a home run. Robert dou­bled and drove in a run with a ground­out.

JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IM­AGES

Left-han­der Car­los Rodon al­lowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in five in­nings Wed­nes­day against the Brew­ers. He struck out seven.

No­mar Mazara

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