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Is it time for the White Sox to call up Reynaldo Lopez?

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Is it time for the White Sox to call up Reynaldo Lopez?

With Yoan Moncada now with the White Sox and making an early impact, White Sox fans may be wondering which highly-touted prospect is next to join the big league roster.

Reynaldo Lopez is certainly making a strong case for himself in Triple-A Charlotte. Lopez, one of the pitchers the Sox received from the Washington Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, gave up one run in six innings for the Knights on Friday night. That was the latest in a string of five strong starts for the 23-year-old.

In Friday's 2-1 loss against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, Lopez struck out six and allowed just two hits and one walk. That's five straight starts for Lopez in which he has allowed two or fewer runs while pitching six or more innings.

Here's his last five starts:

June 29 vs. Columbus: 6 2/3 innings, 1 run, 11 strikeouts, 1 walk, 6 hits

July 4 at Durham: 6 innings, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 5 hits

July 9 at Louisville: 6 innings, 2 runs, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, 7 hits

July 16 vs. Gwinnett: 7 innings, 1 run, 12 strikeouts, 2 walks, 2 hist

Tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: 6 innings, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 2 hits

Loepz has a 3.65 ERA on the season with 107 strikeouts in 106 innings against 40 walks and 90 hits. In a short stint in the majors last season, Lopez had a 4.91 ERA in 44 innings in six starts and five relief appearances for the Nationals.

Does Guaranteed Rate Field await the Dominican right-hander?

Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Whatever Dallas Keuchel said after Monday night’s uninspiring loss to the Tigers really worked. Or maybe the return of Tim Anderson and Edwin Encarnacion to the lineup gave the Sox the spark they needed? Or maybe it was a little bit of both?

Whatever the reason, the White Sox offense finally broke out of its collective slump in Tuesday’s 8-4 win against Detroit.

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Leading the charge was Eloy Jiménez, who busted out of a slump of his own by going 2-4 with a homer and four RBI. He had previously been 1-23 dating back to Aug. 5, and used a simple approach to break through.

“I was in a slump, and I feel like I was seeing the ball good, but I wasn’t hitting it to the right spot,” Jiménez said through interpreter Billy Russo. “(I was) swinging at some balls a little bit out of the zone. Now I’m just trying to see the ball and hit it where there’s no people.”

That’s always a good idea.

But when asked for his thoughts on Jiménez’s day, Rick Renteria provided a bit more of a nuanced assessment.

“Consistency, there’s no secret to it,” Renteria said. “Solid approaches working both lefties and righties… faced some righties today and was able to stay in on them. The two-strike ball down the right field line to tack on another run, I mean he had some really good at-bats today.”

Zooming back out, this is the type of offensive output the White Sox envisioned when they built this team last winter. Tim Anderson setting the table, Jiménez and Encarnacion hitting bombs, and Abreu and Moncada driving in more runs with timely hitting.

“The entire lineup looked great,” said starter Gio Gonzalez. “Everyone looked aggressive going out there. Plays were being made around the horn, guys were doing their job hitting the ball, moving runners over. It just looked like a White Sox win today.”

“Today we felt really good,” Jiménez said. “We took care of business and you see what happened.”

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White Sox' Yoan Moncada may sit out Wednesday with nagging 'body aches'

White Sox' Yoan Moncada may sit out Wednesday with nagging 'body aches'

If you thought Yoan Moncada looked a little off during Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers, you were right.

Rick Renteria revealed after the game that the White Sox third baseman has been dealing with a nagging injury for about a week, and it may cost him a game now.

“We’ve been pushing him, pushing him, pushing him, and you know they’re not robots,” Renteria said. “It’s been out of necessity, we’ll see how we deal with it tomorrow. Don’t be surprised if he’s not in the lineup.

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“When you push a guy, with the amount of time that he was down, and we continue to push him, obviously hoping that we were going to be able to get him a day, or two, or so, once he was returning, and gradually get him in. Obviously, that just didn’t happen.

“But he’s been playing through it and pushing and I think we saw the effects a little bit more visibly in his body language.”

Moncada wasn’t sharp with several throws throughout the game, and botched a couple of tough plays that he typically makes. He also grimaced after a couple of swings, making onlookers wonder if he was ok.

But Renteria said Moncada was simply dealing with fatigue and “body aches,” as the White Sox ramped him up into game shape in a very short amount of time after he recovered from COVID-19. He returned to the team on July 16, giving him only eight days to prepare for Opening Day. On top of that, he’s only sat out one game, back on July 26, since injuries to other Sox position players have precluded him from taking more days off to rest.

But now, with the games stacking up in a shortened season, the White Sox may not have a choice but to give Moncada a breather.

“I don’t want to have this kid get hurt, and I think he’s been pushing through a lot, so we’ll see how we deal with it tomorrow.”


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