After missing two days, Sox shortstop Tim Anderson recharged and ready
Anderson said that sometimes it’s good to just watch the game, but after two days out his energy and spirit were back up.
The Sox handed out Tim Anderson bobbleheads before Friday’s postponement and will distribute more when gates open before Saturday’s first game. Anderson said the bobblehead, which depicts him flipping his bat, turned out great.
“I’m very pleased with it,” he said. “It shows exactly what I’m doing and what I did. I’m definitely happy with it.”
More important to the Sox is that Anderson was back in the lineup Friday after missing two games with a sore left thumb that bothered him when he tried to grip the bat. He had two days to reset during a busy stretch and said his energy and spirit are back up.
“I couldn’t really get that feeling [in the thumb],” Anderson said. “Those two days of rest and our training staff did a great job getting treatment. Those two days definitely helped me, and I feel like I’m back in the spot where I need to be.”
Vaughn’s move up
Unlike Anderson, Yoan Moncada (rest) was not in the lineup that manager Tony La Russa put together for Friday’s game. Needing a No. 3 hitter, he had Andrew Vaughn in that spot for the first time instead.
If the Sox had played, Vaughn would have become the fourth Sox player to hit in that spot this year, joining Moncada, Jose Abreu and Luis Robert. Moncada has started every game there since April 20. Vaughn hasn’t hit higher than fifth. Most of his starts (15) have been in the seventh spot.
“You try to keep as many guys [as you can] in the spots that they’ve been [in],” La Russa said. “Andrew’s bounced around between fifth, sixth, seventh — and the third spot was open. He’s swinging well.”
He is, indeed. Vaughn is 6-for-16 with two homers over his last five games.
“He’s not afraid, which is good,” La Russa said. “Loves the challenge.”
Adam Eaton (tight right hamstring) also wasn’t in the lineup Friday, with Jake Lamb poised to take his place in right field and bat sixth.
Right-hander Michael Kopech remains away from the Sox on bereavement leave until Sunday. La Russa, who has exchanged texts with him, reported that Kopech’s leg is feeling better after some soreness in his left hamstring.
There’s one thing La Russa is sure about regarding Kopech’s return: He won’t start either game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Indians.