Rick Renteria ejected in White Sox’ 12-0 loss
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CLEVELAND — Manager Rick Renteria was ejected from the White Sox’ 12-0 loss to the Indians on Wednesday for disputing a strike call by umpire Will Little.
As his team was taking the field, Renteria calmly walked out toward the plate after Little called Yoan Moncada out on a 3-2 pitch from right-hander Corey Kluber with two outs in the sixth inning of a 5-0 game. After a few words were exchanged, Little tossed Renteria for the 15th ejection of his career, including his ninth with the Sox and second this season.
Renteria, who wasn’t all that animated and didn’t raise his voice, did not extend the argument much after the ejection. He said Little was also calm “and pretty kind, to be honest.”
“I think it was a little bit of a late call,’’ Renteria said. “I just wanted to know where he saw that pitch. Simple as that. He saw it one place, and me looking at it on television replay is irrelevant.’’
Moncada, who struck out twice to raise his season total to 102, second in the majors, has been defended by Renteria in recent weeks. Renteria has said Moncada, who takes a lot of pitches and often goes deep into counts, has been called out “on pitches that I wouldn’t swing at.’’
The pitch in question to Moncada from Kluber, a two-time Cy Young winner who has walked 11 batters this season, was a low fastball near or at the knees that appeared to come back toward the plate on the inside corner. Statcast showed the pitch out of the strike zone.
Renteria did not defend Moncada for making his ninth error in the first inning.
“He has to be able to catch that ball,’’ Renteria said. “That’s one of the things I would expect of him. If the people that care about our guys can’t express to them when there is something that can be done, how can you expect to survive when everybody else on the outside might be looking in and saying, ‘Geez, you gotta make that play.’ ”
Major League Baseball has overturned an official scoring ruling from the Sox’ game in Minnesota on June 5, giving Yolmer Sanchez an error on a Brian Dozier ground ball off Nate Jones in the eighth inning. It was originally ruled a single. As a result, all four runs scored off Jones are unearned, lowering his ERA from 4.01 to 2.86.
Jones has since gone on the disabled list with a strained right forearm.
Any day now
Look for Avisail Garcia to rejoin the Sox, perhaps as soon as before Thursday’s game against the Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field. Garcia, on the DL since April 24 with a Grade 2 right-hamstring strain, is 7-for-21 with two homers and seven RBI in six rehab games at Class AAA Charlotte. He played his seventh game Wednesday night, and general manager Rick Hahn said Garcia would need seven to 10 games when he was sent out.
“He’s getting close,’’ Renteria said. “I’m sure we’ll have a conversation after today’s game. He has to play another game.’’
Utility man Leury Garcia (sprained left knee) also appears close to a return. He’s 4-for-10 with two doubles and three RBI in three games at Charlotte.