The White Sox announced a lot of great injury updates on Tuesday, but with the good came some bad news as well.
José Abreu is back in the White Sox lineup after he was taken out in the 8th inning on Monday night with a hip stinger. So is Tim Anderson who was activated from the 10-day IL list after he suffered a groin strain. Edwin Encarnacion also makes his first appearance in the White Sox lineup since Aug. 4 when he hurt his shoulder.
As for Abreu, manager Rick Renteria says the injury was never very serious, and Abreu didn’t even want to come out of the game.
“Looking at the video it looks like he was at full extension when his foot hit the bag,” Renteria said. “Heel to bag is what it looked like, kind of shot his leg up into his hip. It was just a little stinger. We took him out last night with just a little bit of caution.
“He didn’t want to come out, you know ‘Pito,’ he didn’t want to come out. But it was the right thing to do, and he’s in there again. He’s doing well.”
But as three return, another goes down. Leury García, the man who did an admirable job replacing Anderson while he was hurt, was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained left thumb. García hurt himself while sliding head-first into first base on Monday night.
Since Aug. 1, the White Sox’ first game without Anderson, García hit .304 and drove in four runs. But García’s real value to the Sox is his ability to play nearly every position on the field. That versatility is a luxury to Renteria, and will certainly be missed if the injury bug bites another White Sox position player.