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.
On Wednesday morning, ESPN.com released their rankings of all 30 MLB team's starting rotations. The rankings were a nod to the current structure of the rotation, as well as how they were likely to perform in the future. And that is why the Chicago White Sox being ranked dead last in the league is somewhat alarming.
Overall, the White Sox rotation is 28th in WHIP and 29th in strikeouts.
Lucas Giolito is currently the team leader in wins with four, but his ERA sits at an unsightly 7.19. James Shields has been decent in spurts, but a general lack of run support has limited his effectiveness. Carlos Rodon has been a mixed bag since returning, but was able to reach the seventh inning in his last start. This is encouraging considering that he hadn't made it that far in any of his previous three starts. And Reynaldo Lopez continues to rack up quality starts—much like Shields—but has two wins to show for it.
Veteran players like closing pitcher Joakim Soria and Shields are sure to be hot names on the trade market, and that could go a long way towards bringing in additional prospects to build up the White Sox farm system, and lead to a much improved rotation in the future.
So the White Sox obviously deserve to be ranked lowly until they can groom their minor league starter prospects into MLB-ready staff members, something that looks like it could take longer than originally expected. Flame-throwing top prospect Michael Kopech is still amassing high strikeouts numbers, but he is walking over six batters per outing, showing an obvious issue with control.
White Sox fans can take their mind off of ESPN ranking the team's rotation 30th in the league by turning their attention to Eloy Jimenez. He has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A Birmingham, and will likely be making his debut with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Saturday. That game will be live on NBC Sports Chicago. So sit back, relax and look forward to the future, wherever it may take White Sox faithful.
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