The White Sox are hopeful both Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada will return to the lineup Tuesday even though they had MRIs on Monday.
Abreu missed a second straight contest Monday night with a sore left shin while Moncada sat out with a sore right shin. Manager Rick Renteria said nothing unexpected was discovered on either player’s MRI. Abreu has a contusion after fouling a pitch off his leg over the weekend while Moncada has been dealing with shin splints since last month.
“(Moncada’s) shin flared up (Sunday) during the ball game,” Renteria said. “There’s nothing new with (Moncada) and his shin. It flared up and the irritation is the same. Nothing worse, nothing better. Just out of caution.
“He and (Abreu) will be out getting treatment and hopefully they will both be back in the lineup tomorrow.
“(Abreu’s) was fine. Just shows contusion basically, fouled a ball of his shin.”
Abreu drove in two runs on Saturday to become only the third player in baseball history to begin their career by hitting at least 25 home runs with 100 RBIs along with Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols.
Moncada has been on a tear for two weeks, hitting .357/.419/.625 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 62 plate appearances.
The White Sox are welcoming back two more fan favorites.
They added to their growing list of team ambassadors Friday, announcing that Jose Contreras and Tim Raines will be joining A.J. Pierzynski — who made his own announcement Monday at the Winter Meetings — in returning to the organization.
Like Pierzynski, Contreras was a member of the beloved 2005 world championship squad. He teamed with Mark Buehrle, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland and Orlando Hernandez to form a formidable rotation that season. Contreras posted a 3.61 ERA during the 2005 regular season but was even better in the postseason, turning in a 3.09 ERA in four starts. He pitched into the eighth inning in each of those starts, including a complete-game effort in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, which the White Sox won to clinch the pennant.
All in all, Contreras spent six seasons with the White Sox from 2004 to 2009.
Raines, meanwhile, is a newly enshrined Hall of Famer, inducted earlier this year in honor of his 23-year major league career. He spent five of those seasons on the South Side and holds the franchise record in stolen-base percentage. He swiped 143 bags during his White Sox tenure.
Raines hit 98 doubles, 28 triples and 50 homers in a White Sox uniform.
The addition of this latest trio of ambassadors adds to an already impressive group of former White Sox in that role: Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, Mike Huff, Bo Jackson, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Bill Melton, Donn Pall, Dan Pasqua and Mike Squires.
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