BOSTON — A day after losing shortstop Tim Anderson to a high ankle sprain, the White Sox lost third baseman Yoan Moncada from their 8-7 victory against the Red Sox with a sore right knee.
Moncada, batting second in the first inning Wednesday against Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale, was hit on the knee by an 81 mph slider and stayed in the game after getting looked at by assistant trainer James Kruk. He exited, though, after laboring through a sprint from first to third base on Jose Abreu’s double.
Moncada, who missed time recently with a mild upper-back strain, is day-to-day. He was acquired from the Red Sox along with Michael Kopech and two other prospects in a trade for Sale.
“It hit him on the top of the kneecap, more muscle than anything,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He should be fine, probably just a pretty good bruise.”
Top pick Vaughn signs
The Sox signed Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn, the No. 3 overall selection in the draft, to the full pick value of $7,221,200, a source said, confirming a report from MLB Pipeline.
Vaughn, 21, batted .381 with 15 home runs, 14 doubles, 50 RBI and 49 runs his junior season.
The Sox signed high school right-hander Matthew Thompson from Cypress Ranch High School (Texas), their second pick and 45th overall, for $2.1 million this week. That leaves third-rounder Andrew Dalquist, a right-hander from Redondo Union High School (California), as the only top draftee not signed.
McCann states his case
During the 28-hour window for the All-Star starters fan election, catcher James McCann stated his case with a home run and single against Sale. McCann raised his average to .328 to go with eight homers and 25 RBI.
A quality start for Lopez
Reynaldo Lopez lowered his ERA to 6.12. He gave up nine hits but finished with three scoreless innings to pick up a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings. Lopez failed to cover home on a wild pitch, though. He struck out three and walked one.
Extra day for Giolito
Ivan Nova and Lucas Giolito will start Saturday and Sunday with Friday’s starter to be announced, likely a Class AAA Charlotte call-up. Giolito likely will make his next start — against the Cubs next Saturday — on five days of rest, too, all for the purpose of keeping the All-Star candidate fresh after a good workload pitching deep into games.
Giolito said he feels fine but welcomes the extra day. He was still smarting, though, from walking in the tying run against the Red Sox on Monday, when he allowed three runs in 5‰ innings.
“I want, I need more experience in those big moments,” he said. “Bases loaded, holding on to a lead. I failed that time, walking in the tying run. I was very frustrated after the game, but I realized I’m not going to kill it in every situation. I need to learn from my mistakes. I can’t wait till I’m in that situation again.”
This and that
Abreu’s RBI double in the first inning against Sale was his 20th of the season and the 200th of his career.
u Sale struck out 10 Sox in six innings but gave up five runs, the most he had allowed since April 9.