Todd Frazier, Geovany Soto scratched from White Sox’ lineup
CLEVELAND — Todd Frazier and Geovany Soto were scratched from the starting lineup before the game Wednesday against the Indians.
Frazier, who played through flu symptoms Tuesday, was removed from the lineup a few hours before the game, and Soto was scratched about an hour before with a sore right elbow and replaced by Omar Narvaez behind the plate.
“[Frazier] is a little under the weather, so we’ll kind of watch him a little and make sure we don’t aggravate it more than we have to,’’ White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.
Matt Davidson started at third base and drove in the Sox’ runs in their 2-1 victory with a single to left off right-hander Danny Salazar in the second inning.
Davidson was 4-for-9 with a home run as a designated hitter and pinch hitter going in.
Renteria seemed optimistic that Frazier would play in the series finale Thursday. He said Soto woke up Wednesday morning with soreness.
Narvaez got his third start and likely will catch up with Soto’s playing time soon, not only because of Soto’s elbow. Renteria said before the game the anticipated scenario is to have Narvaez catch more than half the games.
“I don’t want to keep running Geo back out there,’’ Renteria said. “We did already three days in a row, which wasn’t actually planned on.’’
James Shields and Derek Holland had pitched well with Soto, 34, behind the plate, but Renteria seemed reluctant to get stuck in the pattern of matching catchers with particular pitchers, especially if an offensive matchup proves favorable.
“We’ll continue to mix and match,’’ Renteria said.
Struggling May gets a day off
Center fielder Jacob May did not start after beginning the season — and his career — 0-for-14 with six strikeouts and not much hard contact.
Renteria said the plan to play May four or five days a week remains in place.
“We’re going to give him a day to collect himself,’’ said Renteria, who started Leury Garcia in May’s place.
“I told him, ‘I’m not worried. Just keep playing and have fun.’ Just keep working through the experience he’s having right now. He’s put a little pressure on himself.’’
May did some early work with the hitting coaches.
“There’s always a learning curve when you get to the big leagues,’’ Renteria said. “I want him to stay relaxed and know he’s going to be out there playing.’’
May was given the starting nod when New Trier grad Charlie Tilson (right foot) was sidelined early in spring training.
Shortstop Tim Anderson is batting .200, and while Renteria wasn’t too worried considering the small sample size, “there have been some at-bats where he’s kind of gotten out of the zone a little bit,’’ he said. “Chased a little more than I’m comfortable seeing him do, but he’s aware of it.
“He has to get pitches more convenient for him to handle.’’
Anderson struck out twice but singled in the third against Salazar.
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