The Chicago White Sox were given some good injury news before the game started on Friday night against the Houston Astros. Tony La Russa announced that Michael Kopech will make his start on Sunday and Tim Anderson will be back on Monday.
This came after Lance Lynn returned earlier in the week. We also know that Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jimenez will be back soon. However, White Sox fans know that things don’t stay good for very long when it comes to injuries.
Yoan Moncada had a huge game on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. With five hits including the home run that put the White Sox ahead for good, it was the best game that he has had in a long time. Unfortunately, right when he gains some momentum, he gets hurt again.
He left Friday’s game in the second inning with hamstring tightness. He was running to first base on a ground ball when he sustained the injury. He limped off the field but then you saw him grab the hamstring in the dugout.
Moncada tried to stick it out as he played defense the next half inning but was replaced by Josh Harrison at third base the next time out. This team just simply can’t catch a break. We have to hope that this won’t be a long-term thing.
We can only hope that Yoan Moncada returns to the Chicago White Sox soon.
A lot of people get on Moncada for being “soft” and this will feed their agenda but that isn’t exactly true. He is second on the team in games played since he came into the league.
It is just unfortunate that this is the second injury that he has sustained this season. He missed the first chunk of the season because of an oblique issue but has been working his way back to form. It clearly hurt his swing a little bit but he was just starting it get it back.
If Moncada has a stint on the IL ahead of him, the White Sox might be okay for a while because of the fact that Tim Anderson is coming back. They have Danny Mendick, Josh Harrison, and Leury Garcia to play third if need be. We just have to hope it isn’t too long.