White Sox’ Nicky Delmonico says wrist already feeling better

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Nicky Delmonico is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 16. | Mark J. Terrill/AP

Injuries have been a persistent problem for the White Sox, but the good news is most of them of late haven’t been serious.

That’s the case for Nicky Delmonico, who was sidelined Saturday with pain in his right wrist.

Delmonico already felt better Sunday, saying his 10-day disabled-list stint is a precaution.

‘‘We’re trying to get it back healthy,’’ he said. ‘‘It feels good. It feels a lot better than the last two days.’’

Delmonico, who had a historic hitting introduction with the Sox, said he felt discomfort swinging during the game Friday, then felt it again in batting practice Saturday.

‘‘It just didn’t feel right,’’ he said. ‘‘I got it X-rayed and [had an] MRI. The results were negative.’’

Delmonico is hitting .307 with six home runs in 22 games. He’s the first player in franchise history to hit six homers in his first 19 games.

‘‘Nothing I can do but try to treat it as much as I can and get ready to get back out there,’’ Delmonico said.

Learning anew

Right-hander James Shields, who opens the series at Minnesota on Tuesday, has seen good results from a different arm slot in his delivery.

In August, Shields has thrown 23„ innings in four starts, allowing 20 hits and 11 earned runs. In July, he threw 25 innings in five starts, giving up 36 hits and 25 earned runs.

‘‘I think he’s growing more and more confident with his new angle and arm slot,’’ manager Rick Renteria said. ‘‘He’s obviously seeing success. He’s forcing a lot more ground balls, a lot less fly balls. He’s able to go a little deeper into ballgames, which helps in not having the bullpen stressed too often.

‘‘He’s a competitor with a competitor’s edge. You can never sell him short, and he has kind of reinvented himself. You have to give him all the credit in the world for being creative and finding things that might help him to continue to be productive.’’

This and that

Jose Abreu hit his 35th double, tying his career high. His career numbers against the Tigers: .342 average, 15 home runs, 19 doubles, two triples and 43 RBI.

• Matt Davidson’s home run in the third inning was his 23rd but first since July 31 against the Blue Jays. He was on the disabled list from Aug. 4 to Friday with a bruised right wrist. The Sox are 17-6 in games in which Davidson homers.

‘‘It was good to be back out there, hit another home run and have another win,’’ Davidson said. ‘‘Swinging and missing feels fine now. I had a little check swing today, and that felt fine.

‘‘There’s soreness, but there’s no more pain. That’s something I can deal with.’’

• The Sox will have only one more day off after Monday.

They have a brief three-game swing in Minnesota this week before returning for a 10-game homestand.

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