Mi­nor deal: Yolmer re­turns

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

The White Sox are bring­ing Yolmer Sanchez back on a mi­nor-league con­tract, a source con­firmed Tues­day.

A Gold Glove sec­ond base­man for the Sox in 2019, Sanchez signed a mi­nor-league deal with the Gi­ants af­ter the Sox non-ten­dered him. Sanchez did not get the start­ing job he was look­ing for in the Gi­ants’ crowded sec­ond-base sit­u­a­tion and asked for his re­lease last week.

Sanchez spent the last month at the Gi­ants’ al­ter­nate train­ing site. He had missed the end of sum­mer camp with a mi­nor back in­jury but is said to be healthy now.

With Leury Gar­cia (thumb) out through Septem­ber and sec­ond base­man Nick Madri­gal on the in­jured list — although Madri­gal might re­turn this week­end — the Sox could use more in­field depth. Danny Men­dick can play three in­field po­si­tions and is the cur­rent starter at sec­ond base, and the Sox also are re­ly­ing on ver­sa­tile in­fielder Ryan Goins, who started in place of third base­man Yoan Mon­cada on Fri­day.

A switch hit­ter, Sanchez bat­ted .252 with two home runs and a .638 OPS in 149 games last sea­son, his sixth with the Sox. He can play sec­ond base, short­stop and third base and also has played the out­field.

MLB.com’s Mark Fein­sand first re­ported the deal, which is pend­ing a phys­i­cal and in­take test­ing and hasn’t been an­nounced.

Burger work­ing his way back

Third base­man Jake Burger, the Sox’ 2017 first-round pick out of Mis­souri State who hasn’t played in two sea­sons be­cause of a rup­tured and re-rup­tured left Achilles, then a bruised left heel, was in­vited to the al­ter­nate train­ing fa­cil­ity at Schaum­burg last week af­ter play­ing in a sum­mer col­lege league.

“Oh, it’s in­cred­i­ble,” Burger said. “This is ex­actly what I need. Just get some reps and feel­ing good and play­ing base­ball ev­ery sin­gle day.”

Burger, who first tore the Achilles run­ning out a ground ball dur­ing spring train­ing in 2018, has a large fol­low­ing of fans root­ing for his come­back. Dur­ing his lengthy re­cov­ery, he opened up about bat­tling de­pres­sion.

“It’s been a long jour­ney,” he said Mon­day. “I had some mo­men­tum go­ing into spring train­ing, was feel­ing good, and then me and [di­rec­tor of player de­vel­op­ment Chris Getz] sat down, and I’m like, ‘I’m done feel­ing sorry for my­self. I’m go­ing to crush it from here on out. We are just go­ing to get af­ter it and get out there.’ ’’

With the Sox set at third base for the fore­see­able fu­ture, Burger said he is will­ing to get ac­cli­mated to the out­field.

Mon­cada must ‘push him­self’

Mon­cada has been play­ing with what man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria de­scribed as leg sore­ness and fa­tigue, and while ask­ing his tal­ented third base­man “to be very con­trolled when he’s mov­ing out there,” Ren­te­ria also stressed the need for play­ers to push through on days they’re not 100%.

“When you’re in a sit­u­a­tion where we are at — we’re re­ally mov­ing for­ward as a club, as an or­ga­ni­za­tion — the men have to un­der­stand what the game re­quires of you even when you don’t feel how you want to feel,” Ren­te­ria said. “It’s the de­sire and im­pulse to con­tinue to play and grind through what you are feel­ing from a phys­i­cal stand­point be­cause your team needs you.

“[Mon­cada] has to con­tinue to grind, con­tinue to push him­self.”

MATT MAR­TON/AP

Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez hits an in­field sin­gle in the sec­ond in­ning Tues­day night to drive in Danny Men­dick. Jimenez went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

AP

Sox short­stop Tim An­der­son smacks an RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond in­ning.

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