White Sox’ Nicky Delmonico checked for concussion after crashing into fence

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Chicago White Sox left fielder Nicky Delmonico (30) is attended to after crashing into the bullpen door as he attempted to catch a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. Pina scored an inside the park home run on the play. Delmonico was assisted off the field and left the game. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Left fielder Nicky Delmonico was taken off the field on a cart after he ran into the outfield fence near the corner in the seventh inning of the White Sox’ Cactus League game Thursday against the Brewers.

He was being checked for a possible concussion.

Delmonico, who had just entered the game, was attempting to catch a deep drive by Manny Pina, who circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run as Delmonico lay on the ground. He was down for several moments, and manager Rick Renteria and trainer Brian Ball ran out to check on him.

Renteria and Ball helped Delmonico to the cart.

“From what we heard, he hit the gate so hard that it popped the gate,’’ Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters after the game. “Broke it. And then there was an exposed pole that he hit his head on pretty good. Pretty scary. The guys in the bullpen said he hit his head pretty hard.”

Delmonico, 6-for-15 this spring, is in a battle to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.

‘Part of my game,’ Robert says

Getting center-field prospect Luis Robert to stop sliding headfirst won’t be easy.

“That’s part of my game,” Robert said. “That’s how I feel comfortable.”

Robert, MLB Pipeline’s 40th-ranked prospect, has been sidelined by injuries to his left thumb three times, most recently jamming it on a headfirst slide into second base on a stolen-base attempt during an intrasquad game Saturday.

“Those are the things you sometimes can’t control,’’ Robert said. “When I got on base, I wasn’t planning to steal the base. I have that instinct, and I just took off. That was why I wasn’t wearing my protective glove that time. But if you remember, I hit two triples [this spring] and slid headfirst, and nothing happened.”


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Renteria said Robert must wear protection for the thumb and consider sliding feetfirst more often — and keep his hands up when he does.

“We talk about it and monitor his action on the field and correct it when we need to,’’ Renteria said. “We’ve emphasized without any reservation that we want him to wear that protective hand guard that he has when he’s on the bases.’’

Eloy honors late grandfather

Top prospect Eloy Jimenez takes a knee and bows his head in the on-deck circle before his first at-bat of each game, a tribute to his grandfather Martin Guerrero, who passed away in 2017.

“I started doing it when my grandpa died,” Jimenez said. “I was really close to him.”

Jimenez, the third-ranked prospect in baseball who likely will make his Sox debut in late April, is 3-for-20 this spring with seven strikeouts after going 0-for-3. Renteria, who batted him fourth in the team’s Cactus League opener against the Dodgers, has since moved him down. He batted seventh against the Brewers.

Jimenez combined to hit .337/.384/.577 with 28 doubles, three triples and 22 homers between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte.

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