Tim Anderson pulled from White Sox’ loss to Royals
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Add shortstop Tim Anderson to the list of White Sox pulled by manager Rick Renteria for not running hard, or in Anderson’s case Tuesday, not running at all, on a low line drive that was ruled a catch in the White Sox’4-2 loss to the Royals.
Anderson assumed third baseman Rosell Herrera had made an inning-ending catch in the sixth, but umpire Lance Barksdale ruled it a no catch, and Anderson, who hadn’t moved from the batter’s box, was out at first.
Renteria, who insists that all balls be run out, slammed his hand on the bench before ducking into the dugout tunnel, an unusual display of anger.
“I pulled Welington Castillo, I pulled Avisail Garcia, I pulled everybody from spring training through the regular season,’’ Renteria said. “There are certain plays in which you can talk to the guys and keep them in the game and we go over it. Certainly that wasn’t done to embarrass Timmy but we expect we’re going to give it an effort on every play to the best of our ability.
“At the end of the day that just didn’t look good.’’
Anderson was sure the ball was caught and said he was “surprised” Renteria pulled him.
“He’s the manager. It’s his call on the players,’’ Anderson said. “I have to respect his decision. Come tomorrow and be ready to play.’’
“There are moments when the manager has to take control of a particular situation,’’ he said. “That was mine. And so when you see me get upset like that it’s because it’s something that we preach and talk about all the time. We don’t give in. If we’re going to win and move forward as a championship organization, we need fighters. And Timmy’s a fighter.
“But we know how we’re supposed to go about it and we’re going to continue to do it and it’s not going to change. As long as I’m here it’s not going to change.’’
Sox quiet at deadline
The only Sox trade before the deadline was the acquisition of Class A left-hander Hunter Schryver from the Rays for international-signing-bonus pool money. Schryver, 23, was 1-3 with a 2.40 ERA in two levels of Class A for the Rays. The Sox will assign him to Class A Winston-Salem.
One trade candidate, veteran right-hander James Shields, allowed four runs in seven innings Tuesday. Shields gave up two-run home runs to Ryan O’Hearn (the first of his career) and Brett Phillips.
Shields retired the first 10 batters and struck out eight.
“I’ve got 13 losses on the year. I’m not too happy about it,’’ Shields said. “I just have to pitch better.’’
Royals killer Matt Davidson
Matt Davidson’s two-run homer in the seventh against Kevin McCarthy was his 16th of the season and eighth against the Royals. That tied Albert Belle (1998) and Jose Valentin (2003) for the most by a Sox player against the Royals.
This and that
The Sox released right-hander Chris Volstad, who was designated for assignment Friday.
† Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech allowed two runs and four hits, struck out eight and walked two in seven innings for Class AAA Charlotte. Kopech (4.15 ERA) has a 2.25 ERA, 32 strikeouts and four walks in his last four starts.
† Outfield prospect Luis Robert returned to action with the Arizona Summer League Sox after missing four weeks with a thumb injury.