White Sox veteran infielders remain sidelined with injuries to start Spring Training. While one player could return soon, the other could miss more time.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie has yet to play in a game this Spring Training as he still rehabilitating from leg injuries. Sox third baseman Todd Frazier hasn’t played this spring either as he’s dealing with an oblique strain.
The Sox haven’t missed a beat with the two veteran players out of action, but they could certainly use both players back on the field healthy. Frazier has been dealing with his oblique injury since Feb. 21.
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While Frazier could return to action much sooner than Lawrie this spring, Lawrie is focused on being 100 percent healthy. Lawrie missed the second half of last season after injuring his hamstring. He only appeared in 94 games for the Sox, and will most likely have to battle Tyler Saladino for the starting second baseman job if he misses more time this spring.
Lawrie has battled injuries throughout his career, and he’s only played more than 125 games once in 2015 with the Oakland Athletics. With Saladino having a decent start to Spring Training, a prolonged absence from Lawrie could make it hard for him to obtain the starting position at second base this season.
According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Lawrie was working out with the team up until this past Saturday when he told Sox manager Rick Renteria something didn’t feel right. Hayes stated Lawrie is trying to remain upbeat and power through this latest setback.
"“Not completely where I want to be and I want to be right where I want to be in order to get out on the field. This last part has just been tough but I’m just continuing to push through and I want to be out on the field and be 100 percent and just have to worry about baseball and not have to worry about this. Before I get out there I just want to make sure that everything is cleared up.” Brett Lawrie"
The Sox don’t have to rush both players back to field as they have many games remaining in Spring Training. With a rebuilding team, the Sox can play other players at second and third base with Lawrie and Frazier injured. This gives more opportunity for younger players such as Saladino, Yolmer Sanchez, Yoan Moncada and Matt Davidson.