The White Sox are confident Melky Cabrera’s right wrist has healed and they want back him in the lineup.
Though they have improved their output, the White Sox offense has still been wildly inconsistent this season. Cabrera -- who has a .294/.344/.462 slash line with eight home runs and 39 RBIs and is first on the team with a 112 wRC+ -- has been their most consistent bat. After he missed five days because of inflammation in his wrist, Cabrera returned to the lineup for Monday afternoon’s series opener against the New York Yankees. The White Sox went 4-1 in Cabrera’s absence.
“You like him in the lineup no matter what,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s been fighting it the last couple of days. We’re past that five-day window. He swung the bat yesterday and said he felt pretty good.”
One reason the White Sox feel confident about the decision is that Cabrera is hitting from the right side against Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia. Cabrera’s wrist has only bothered him when hitting from the left side. The White Sox initially said Cabrera would miss three-to-four days. Instead, they gave him one extra day as to not chance it --- “He knows enough to let it heal and get over it,” Ventura said.
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Through 82 games, the White Sox are averaging 4.17 runs per contest. Last season they scored 3.83. The team is hopeful the offense could get another boost when Justin Morneau comes off the disabled list after the All-Star break. Morneau, who had elbow surgery in December, also began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.
They haven’t announced a timeline for Austin Jackson and he still hasn’t returned to the team. But there’s hope he could return soon, too. Throw those two in with a hot start from rookie Tim Anderson and the White Sox are hopeful they’ll continue to play as they have the previous four series.
“We have room to grow,” Ventura said. “Have to get healthy first. If we can get some guys back, Justin is going out on his rehab assignment right now and there is some stuff that could change in the way we look. TA coming on, there is some different dynamics to what we are compared to when we left spring training.”