NEW YORK — You may have noticed Rick Renteria hasn’t handled pitching changes for the White Sox the past two games.
While the club’s manager may soon return to the mound near you to remove a White Sox hurler, he won’t likely throw batting practice any time soon courtesy of a sore right knee. Renteria had an MRI on Monday and was walking on crutches in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. He said a knee that has long bothered him was sore after recent workouts. Though he had improved and was down to one crutch by Tuesday afternoon, Renteria isn’t sure when he’ll throw his next round of BP.
“It’s just inflammation,” Renteria said on Tuesday. “I have a little arthritis in there. I had the meniscus removed back in 1977. If I try to do too much, sometimes it irritates it.
“They’ll send me up for an MRI when I got pain like I had (Monday). I think I needed to see what was going on.
“I do like to throw batting practice. I probably should stay away from it a little bit and I might once I come back.”
The White Sox haven’t made many pitching changes with Renteria on the mend. Bench coach Joe McEwing handled the two moves made in Monday’s loss. Pitching coach Don Cooper delivered the news Tuesday to Miguel Gonzalez he would be coming out of the game.