With Dyson, Sox pick up speed

Chicago Sun-Times - - SOX BEAT - Brian Sandalow

The White Sox added out­field depth Fri­day with the ac­qui­si­tion of Jar­rod Dyson from the Pi­rates for in­ter­na­tional-sign­ing bonus-pool money. Bat­ting .157 this sea­son be­fore the game against the Roy­als, Dyson is known for his glove and run­ning, hav­ing stolen 234 bases in his ca­reer.

Dyson fig­ures to be a late-in­ning de­fen­sive re­place­ment and some­body man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria can use to swipe bases and in­crease pres­sure on op­pos­ing de­fenses.

“I think it’s some­thing that was be­ing con­sid­ered for a while in the con­ver­sa­tions that they were hav­ing and how we were hav­ing them and how he might bring a lit­tle bit more depth on the bases for us and ob­vi­ously de­fend and help us play lit­tle-ball,” Ren­te­ria said. “He can do quite a few lit­tle things. We’ll try to bal­ance it all out and try to take ad­van­tage of his skills.”

Dyson signed a one-year, $2 mil­lion deal with the Pi­rates last off­sea­son.

In cor­re­spond­ing moves, the Sox des­ig­nated out­fielder Nicky Del­monico for as­sign­ment and op­tioned out­fielder Luis Gon­za­lez to the Schaum­burg train­ing fa­cil­ity.

Madri­gal is back

Not that the Sox need the help too much th­ese days, but an­other piece of their lineup has re­turned.

Out since sep­a­rat­ing his left shoul­der Aug. 4 in Mil­wau­kee, Nick Madri­gal was re­in­stated from the 10-day in­jured list. The No. 4 pick in the 2018 draft, Madri­gal was 5-for-17 be­fore get­ting hurt.

With his re­turn, the Sox’ lineup can be what the team en­vi­sioned be­fore the sea­son.

“It’s def­i­nitely ex­cit­ing, es­pe­cially right now it seems like most of the bats are click­ing,” Madri­gal said. “At the be­gin­ning of the year, there were some peo­ple that were re­ally hot and other peo­ple that weren’t as hot, and it seems like ev­ery­one is kind of get­ting it to­gether at the right time.

“We have [28] games left, and it’s any­one’s game right now. All it takes is one hot streak to make a run, and with the guys we have right now and ev­ery­one com­ing back, we’re in a re­ally good po­si­tion.”

To make room for Madri­gal, Zack Collins was op­tioned to Schaum­burg.

Don’t for­get Men­dick

One rea­son the Sox didn’t skip a beat with­out Madri­gal was Danny Men­dick. Dur­ing Madri­gal’s time on the IL, Men­dick started 20 con­sec­u­tive games, hit­ting .303 with three home runs and five mul­ti­hit games.

“Every­body knows Nick has been brought on board to be our sec­ond base­man,” Ren­te­ria said. “I think [Men­dick] has done a great job for us in his ab­sence. I think that he’s been more than ad­e­quate, ob­vi­ously, do­ing many things.”

And Madri­gal’s re­turn doesn’t mean that Men­dick will be glued to the bench. Men­dick, who can play mul­ti­ple po­si­tions, started Fri­day as Ren­te­ria wanted to see Madri­gal get com­fort­able in his re­turn to the Sox.

Madri­gal, who worked out with Men­dick dur­ing the off­sea­son, said it’s “cool to see him do­ing as well as he is be­cause he does de­serve it.”

“He’s a hard worker, and a lot of peo­ple didn’t see how much work we both put in in the off­sea­son to­gether, and it’s show­ing right now,” Madri­gal said. “He de­serves it.” ✶

DILIP VISHWANAT (DYSON), DAVID BANKS/GETTY IM­AGES

The White Sox ac­quired out­fielder Jar­rod Dyson (left) from the Pi­rates and started Danny Men­dick (above) at sec­ond base Fri­day even though Nick Madri­gal re­turned from the 10-day in­jured list.

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