An­der­son re­turns; Gar­cia to IL

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

The White Sox ac­ti­vated short­stop Tim An­der­son from the 10-day in­jured list, and he re­turned the lineup for their game Tues­day against the Tigers in Detroit.

On the same day, util­ity player Leury Gar­cia landed on the IL with a sprained left thumb. So it goes with the bruised and ban­daged Sox.

An­der­son was on the IL with a strained groin, an in­jury he suf­fered when he got his feet tan­gled up while field­ing a ground ball dur­ing a game against the Roy­als.

Gar­cia had filled in ad­mirably for An­der­son at short and has been one of the Sox’ most con­sis­tently pro­duc­tive bats, but he sprained his thumb on a ques­tion­able head­first slide into first base while beat­ing out an in­field sin­gle in a loss Mon­day to the Tigers.

The Sox had scored 14 runs in their last seven games and were 4-for-47 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion in their last eight be­fore An­der­son’s re­turn. An­der­son, who led the ma­jors with a .335 bat­ting av­er­age last sea­son, was hit­ting .333 when he got hurt.

‘‘We just have to mo­ti­vate our­selves, find that thing to get us go­ing, whether it’s mu­sic or some­thing else,’’ An­der­son said. ‘‘We have to find some kind of rhythm and just be loose. Hope­fully I can bring that back and get guys com­fort­able and set the tone, bring the en­ergy back a lit­tle bit.

‘‘The main thing is to con­tinue to have fun, and I al­ways say the rest will take care of it­self. I don’t think we are hav­ing fun right now.’’

An­der­son and catcher James Mc­Cann re­acted fa­vor­ably to left­hander Dal­las Keuchel calling out team­mates for ‘‘go­ing through the mo­tions’’ af­ter the Sox’ loss Mon­day.

‘‘We can make a mil­lion ex­cuses, blame it on what­ever it is,’’ An­der­son said. ‘‘But just keep it sim­ple . . . . We know how to go out and be dom­i­nant. We’ve seen it be­fore; it’s there. We just have to bring that fire back. Hope­fully we can get back on track and con­tinue to grow as a team.’’

An­der­son led off the Sox’ four­run first in­ning with a walk and scored on a dou­ble by Jose Abreu. He then sin­gled and scored on an­other dou­ble by Abreu in the sev­enth. He fin­ished 1-for-4.

In­jury up­date

Gar­cia’s in­jury is just the lat­est on the Sox’ lengthy list. He is bat­ting .271 with three home runs and eight RBI and has made nine starts at short­stop, five at se­cond base and one in right field.

The Sox have pitch­ers Car­los Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez, Aaron Bum­mer and Jimmy Lam­bert (45-day) on the IL. Se­cond base­man Nick Madri­gal is on the IL, and des­ig­nated hit­ter Ed­win En­car­na­cion — who home­red in his re­turn to the lineup Tues­day af­ter miss­ing six starts — and out­fielder Eloy Jimenez have missed mul­ti­ple games.

Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said Gar­cia has been ad­vised not to slide head­first into first base in the past but did so in the heat of a com­pet­i­tive mo­ment.

Gi­olito, Keuchel pushed back

Right-han­der Lu­cas Gi­olito and Keuchel were pushed back for an ex­tra day of rest be­fore their next starts Satur­day and Sun­day, re­spec­tively, against the Car­di­nals at Guar­an­teed Rate Field.

The Sox’ starter Fri­day is listed as TBA. It might be their se­cond bullpen game in the slot va­cated by Lopez.

PAUL SANCYA/AP

The Sox’ Tim An­der­son scored two runs Tues­day against the Tigers in his re­turn from a strained groin.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.