The hits keep coming for the Chicago White Sox.
Infielder Danny Mendick has been put on the 10-day injured list with a torn ACL in his right knee, the team announced. Despite the short IL designation, Mendick's season is over, and he's now setting his sights on Spring Training 2023.
"It should be pretty generic," Mendick said of his upcoming surgery. "Everything else is good. The MCL and all that stuff is all good. Just a generic ACL."
The injury occurred at the end of the second inning in Wednesday's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays. Santiago Espinal lofted a pop fly into the no-man’s land between third base and left field, near the wall. Jake Burger, Adam Haseley and Mendick all converged on the ball, and as Haseley made the catch, he collided with Mendick.
Mendick laid on the ground for several minutes as trainers attended to him, and initially had to be helped off the field. It appeared that he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg as trainers carried him back to the dugout. At the time, the team said he left the game with "right knee discomfort."
The injury came two days after getting Tim Anderson back from the IL. And Anderson was taking a doctor-mandated day off on Wednesday to help his recovering groin injury, leaving Leury García came in to replace Mendick at shortstop when the White Sox came back out for the third inning.
With Mendick's solid play and Josh Harrison's strong performances on offense and defense it looked like the White Sox were going to have a midseason position battle at second base. Mendick is hitting .289/.343/.443 (28-97) with four doubles, three home runs, 15 RBI and 22 runs scored in 31 games this season.
"It’s a great game in a lot of ways but a lot of time there’s no justice," said Tony La Russa. "What he’s done to earn extra playing time and been so productive. Our record, we survived Tim being out and almost every one of those games, Danny did something or somethings plural. Made plays to get at-bats."
In the wake of the injury, the White Sox called up Lenyn Sosa from Double-A Birmingham.