White Sox notes: Robertson, Garcia, Lawrie, Frazier
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BALTIMORE — White Sox closer David Robertson was reinstated from the bereavement list Sunday and right-hander Tommy Kahnle returned to AAA Charlotte.
Robertson missed three days due to the passing of his father-in-law. He watched the Sox’ wild 8-7 win over the Orioles Saturday on TV, “which is the weirdest thing I think I’ve ever done. I was yelling at the TV.’’
Richard Cronin died of pancreatic cancer at 60.
“He not only was my wife’s dad, he was one of my good friends,’’ Robertson said. “We hung out nonstop. He was a good man who was taken too early.’’
Robertson is 8-for-9 in save opportunities and owns a 0.87 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 10 appearances. He is tied for the American League lead in saves, and missed one save opportunity during the three games he was away. Nate Jones got the last four outs of Saturday’s game and picked up the win.
Kahnle was recalled from Charlotte prior to Friday’s game against the Orioles and made his Sox debut that night, pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He has a 3.00 ERA with one save and 12 strikeouts over seven relief outings with the Knights.
Avisail Garcia missed his second straight game with a mid-hamstring strain. The Sox are off Monday, but manager Robin Ventura wasn’t sure if Garcia would be ready to return by Tuesday when the Sox open a home stand against the Boston Red Sox.
“As of right now, it might [be a stretch],” Ventura said. “We’re trying to be very careful with him.
“It’s the same right now. He says it’s a little better, but he hasn’t been outside running or anything.”
Start for Sanchez
Carlos Sanchez probably earned a start at shortstop with his pinch double in the eighth inning and key walk in the ninth Saturday. An off day Monday will give 37-year-old veteran Jimmy Rollins three straight days of rest.
“Weather-wise [it’s cool and damp in Baltimore] it’s good to give Jimmy another day here,” Ventura said. “Sanchy being here, you’ve got to be able to utilize him. It mixes up the infield for us a little bit, to be able to get him out there, and he looked good last night.
“[Second] is probably his best position, but we think he can handle short. He’s just a heady player who can cover everything.”
Winning is fun and fun is winning
Second baseman Brett Lawrie on the good vibe in the Sox clubhouse:
“I’ve never been part of a group like this,” Lawrie said. “Just baseball wise and the group. It’s cool, it’s a lot of fun.
“It’s a group effort every single day. There’s no I’s in here. If I can’t get it done I know the next guy behind me is going to get it done, the next guy behind him and so on and so on. Everybody is in here for each other and that pumps me up. Knowing that, it’s fun to come to the field every day.”
Here is the Sox lineup for Sunday’s game: