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Back tightness keeps Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada out for third game in row

Moncada left the Sox’ game Monday against the Nationals because of the injury and hasn’t played since.

White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada, who missed his third consecutive game Friday with back tightness, is hitting .295 with 12 home runs, 39 RBI and five stolen bases.
White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada, who missed his third consecutive game Friday with back tightness, is hitting .295 with 12 home runs, 39 RBI and five stolen bases.
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Third baseman Yoan Moncada was held out of the White Sox’ starting lineup for the third consecutive game Friday because of back tightness.

Moncada, a 24-year-old switch hitter, might return Saturday or Sunday against the Yankees.

‘‘I hope so,’’ manager Rick Renteria said before the game. ‘‘We’ll do some more work [during batting practice], and we’ll evaluate him at the end of the day and see where he’s at.’’

Moncada left the Sox’ game Monday against the Nationals because of the injury and hasn’t played since. He is hitting .295 with 12 home runs, 39 RBI and five stolen bases in 63 games.

Utility infielder Jose Rondon played third in Moncada’s place and batted seventh.

Another arm injury

The rash of arm injuries continues to spread for the Sox and their farm system. The latest belongs to right-hander Jimmy Lambert, the Sox’ No. 18 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

Lambert, who pitches for Class AA Birmingham, hasn’t pitched since June 3 because of a strained right forearm. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated ‘‘in the coming weeks,’’ the Sox said.

The Sox hope to avoid another Tommy John surgery. Opening Day left-hander Carlos Rodon, right-handers Michael Kopech, Zack Burdi and Dane Dunning and outfielder Micker Adolfo already have had the surgery.

Starters set vs. Cubs

Renteria announced his starters for the two-game crosstown series this week against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Right-hander Ivan Nova will start Tuesday and right-hander Lucas Giolito will start Wednesday.

Nova is 4-2 with a 3.97 ERA in eight career starts against the Cubs. Giolito is 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA in two crosstown starts.

Draft signings

The Sox announced they have signed 29 of their 40 selections in the MLB Draft.

Seven of their top 10 picks, including every player selected in Rounds 4 through 10, have signed. The Sox have yet to sign first-rounder Andrew Vaughn, second-rounder Matthew Thompson and third-rounder Andrew Dalquist.