Mon­cada sits with leg in­jury

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY BRIAN SAN­DALOW For the Sun-Times

Third base­man Yoan Mon­cada didn’t play in the series fi­nale Sun­day against the Roy­als be­cause of ir­ri­ta­tion in the back of his left leg. The ques­tion now is whether he’ll miss the series opener Mon­day against the Twins.

‘‘I don’t know yet,’’ Sox man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said. ‘‘We have to let him go through the whole process, and then we’ll come back to it and see where he’s at. We’ll know a lit­tle more tonight after he’s been treated up and things like that and then see how he’s do­ing tomorrow.’’

The per­sis­tent is­sue flared up in the ninth in­ning Satur­day, when Mon­cada was re­moved from the game after reach­ing sec­ond on a throw­ing er­ror by Roy­als pitcher Ian Kennedy.

‘‘He’s still ob­vi­ously try­ing to play through that sore back of his leg,’’ Ren­te­ria said. ‘‘They’re still treat­ing it, so we’re go­ing to see if we can give him a break, see if it calms down a lit­tle bit. He’s been do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to push him­self to be out there.’’

Danny Men­dick started at third in place of Mon­cada.

Dun­ning de­liv­ers

After be­ing re­called from Schaum­burg be­fore the game, righthande­r Dane Dun­ning threw five hit­less in­nings and struck out seven in his sec­ond ca­reer start. And he might have earned more chances in the Sox’ ro­ta­tion go­ing for­ward.

‘‘I would say yes,’’ Ren­te­ria said. Dun­ning has struck out 14 bat­ters in two starts, the most by a Sox pitcher in his first two ca­reer ap­pear­ances. He be­came the sixth Sox rookie to al­low no hits in at least five in­nings and the first since Wil­son Al­varez threw a no-hit­ter in 1991.

‘‘I felt re­ally com­fort­able on the mound,’’ Dun­ning said. ‘‘My first [start], the de­but, the nerves were a lit­tle bit high. In this out­ing, the first in­ning, nerves are there a lit­tle. But as the game went on, it kind of came back to me.

It felt re­ally com­fort­able, and it felt good.’’

In a cor­re­spond­ing move, the Sox put left­hander Gio Gon­za­lez on the 10-day in­jured list with a strained right groin.

Gi­olito’s en­core

Mon­day marks right-han­der Lu­cas Gi­olito’s first sched­uled start since throw­ing his no-hit­ter against the Pi­rates.

Gi­olito will be op­posed by Twins left­hander Rich Hill and will be look­ing to con­tinue his suc­cess in Min­neapo­lis. In his most re­cent start at Tar­get Field on

Aug. 21 of last sea­son, Gi­olito threw a three­hit shutout and struck out 12.

With the no-hit­ter, Gi­olito be­came the first pitcher in Sox his­tory with 13 or more strike­outs and zero runs al­lowed in backto-back starts. Gi­olito also has streaks of 11 hit­less in­nings and 17 score­less in­nings.

And, for the record, the only pitcher to throw con­sec­u­tive no-hit­ters is the Reds’ Johnny Van­der Meer, who ac­com­plished the feat in 1938 against the Bos­ton Bees and Brook­lyn Dodgers.

NAM Y. HUH/AP

Sox right-han­der Dane Dun­ning didn’t al­low a hit and struck out seven in five in­nings Sun­day against the Roy­als in his sec­ond ca­reer start.

Yoan Mon­cada

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