White Sox relieved after X-rays on Andrew Vaughn come back negative
Vaughn, who was hit by a 93.8 mph Mike Mayers fastball in the ninth inning of the Sox’ 5-1 loss Friday, is day-to-day.
The White Sox actually got some good injury news.
Before their game Saturday against the Angels, the Sox said X-rays on Andrew Vaughn’s right hand were negative. Vaughn, who was hit by a 93.8 mph fastball from Mike Mayers during the ninth inning Friday, is day-to-day but didn’t play Saturday.
‘‘It’s pretty sore,’’ Vaughn said. ‘‘Definitely not doing too great. You take 95 [mph] to the hand, it never feels good. Glad nothing’s broken. I’ll be back as soon as possible.’’
After getting hit, Vaughn stayed in the game to run the bases. Manager Tony La Russa was encouraged by seeing that.
‘‘He’s tough enough and he’s good enough, too,’’ La Russa said. ‘‘A good combination for our future.’’
While it’s not great that Vaughn was hit and didn’t play Saturday, things could have been much worse. Losing Vaughn would have been another significant blow to a team that has struggled through the first month of the season.
In 53 at-bats, Vaughn has a .933 OPS, including a .367 on-base percentage.
Third baseman Yoan Moncada (strained right oblique) made his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Charlotte, going 1-for-3. Despite a plan to play him five innings, Moncada played eight before Laz Rivera pinch-hit for him in the Knights’ half of the eighth. Moncada also was caught stealing second to end the sixth and was charged with an error in the first.
Knights manager Wes Helms said Moncada will be the designated hitter Sunday. After that, the plan is for Moncada to travel with the Knights to Gwinnett, Georgia, for five games before things are re-evaluated. It’s possible Moncada’s rehab assignment will be shortened or extended, depending on his progress.
‘‘He’s got to check all the boxes, the stolen-base attempts, everything,’’ Helms said. ‘‘He’s just got to check all the boxes to see and make sure he’s ready to help Chicago, and today was a step forward for him.’’
Sox right-hander Vince Velasquez and Angels superstar Mike Trout were locked in a memorable battle with two outs in the sixth inning. With the rain intensifying, Velasquez got ahead 0-2 before Trout fouled off four pitches and evened the count by taking two pitches outside the zone.
Then the game was delayed, leaving the at-bat a cliffhanger.
‘‘I wanted to get that last throw in there,’’ Velasquez said. ‘‘That’s just how the competitive nature just takes over and how much I wanted to at least finish that inning out.’’
After the delay, Velasquez was replaced by left-hander Tanner Banks, who got Trout to ground out.
The Angels had runners on first and third with two outs in the eighth against right-hander Kendall Graveman.
On a full count — and with Trout looming on deck — Brandon Marsh was called out on strikes by umpire Larry Vanover, even though replays showed the pitch was outside.
‘‘We all miss calls; we all make mistakes,’’ Angels manager Joe Maddon said. ‘‘I’m sure he’s not happy about it. That’s part of the game. We could have scored more runs; we didn’t. It’s just one pitch.’’