Chicago White Sox 3B Yoan Moncada is back after having COVID-19.
The Chicago White Sox had a fun night of inter-squad baseball between two teams made up of players on the team. Before that game started, Yoan Moncada hit the field for warmups for the first time during this Summer Camp. He hasn’t been back at all before this point and nobody was able to say why. It is no one’s business why he is missing but he did reveal the reason on Thursday night.
Moncada told everyone that he did in fact have COVID-19. There was a lot of speculation that he did because he wasn’t there in a time where the White Sox announced that two players tested positive. Moncada didn’t play in this scrimmage but he did tell people that he hopes to be ready to play by the time the White Sox starts one week from today.
This was a sight for sore eyes. Moncada was the only player missing from the group that you would expect to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day. There is no doubt that he is one of, if not the best player on the team. This is a year where he is going to have so much more talent around him which should make him look even better.
We really want to see Moncada on the field with Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, and Tim Anderson. We have watched these guys come up slowly but surely and it has been painful around them for a while. That is the price to pay for a good rebuild but now we are going to see them all together for the first time. It is good that he is healthy and ready to go for this season.
Moncada was the White Sox best player in 2019. He was a top-ten Major League hitter and third in the American League. He also moved to third base and became an elite defender there so it was a great year for him all around. Hopefully, he feels much better and is able to put this behind him and play ball.