Yoan Moncada is back.
The White Sox activated their third baseman from the injured list ahead of Thursday night's date with the Texas Rangers, the first of a seven-game homestand on the South Side.
Moncada has been on the shelf with a hamstring strain since leaving in the first inning of a game against the New York Mets on July 30. That was, coincidentally, the day shortstop Tim Anderson made his return from a month-long stay on the injured list. The two starters on the left side of the infield have played just one inning together since Anderson suffered a high ankle sprain against the Boston Red Sox on June 25.
Moncada's return figures to provide quite the boost for the White Sox offense. He's been the team's best all-around hitter this season, the owner of a .301/.358/.535 slash line to go along with 20 home runs and 59 RBIs. A sensational turnaround from a disappointing 2018 campaign that saw him strike out 217 times, several of his teammates have touted Moncada's 2019 season as All-Star caliber.
Moncada fills the roster spot vacated by outfielder Ryan Cordell, who was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte after Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Minnesota Twins.
SportsTalk Live is at the United Center for Blackhawks Authentic Fan Night. David Haugh, Charlie Roumeliotis and Scott King join Kap on the panel.
0:00 - The Blackhawks look to get back in the win column with the Lightning in town.
5:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Kap to talk about Yasmani Grandal signing with the White Sox. How much will this help the Sox sign more free agents? Plus the panel discusses how much this improves Willson Contreras' trade value as the Cubs reportedly shop him.
17:00 - Chase Daniel said Mitch Trubisky looked great in practice. Will that translate to the game on Sunday?
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Sports Talk Live Podcast
The White Sox got the Hot Stove off to a scorching start with the surprise signing of switch-hitting catcher Yasmani Grandal.
-How big of a deal is this? (1:30)
-Could the Grandal signing help sign other free agents? (8:20)
-Rick Hahn speaks about the signing (13:00)
-Grandal talks about why he signed with the White Sox (16:00)
-What does this mean for James McCann? (17:50)
-Flu-ridden Ryan McGuffey calls in from his sick bed to share his thoughts on Grandal (25:00) and more.
Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.
White Sox Talk Podcast
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