White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson’s penalty from MLB reduced to fine
Anderson will not be suspended for inappropriate actions during a game April 20 in Cleveland, a source said.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson’s punishment from Major League Baseball for inappropriate actions during a game April 20 in Cleveland has been reduced to a fine, sources said.
Anderson was assessed a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine two days after giving the middle finger to fans on the third-base side of Progressive Field during the eighth inning of the Sox’ 11-1 loss that day. He won’t be forced to miss a game as part of a settlement with the players’ union.
Anderson agreed to a fine as part of the settlement, which avoided an appeal.
Cameras on the Sox’ broadcast showed Anderson making the gesture from his position on the field. He committed three errors during the first two innings as the Sox and left-hander Dallas Keuchel fell behind 10-0.
Anderson apologized after the penalty was announced April 22.
‘‘There are a lot of people who really look up to me,’’ he said. ‘‘I take full accountability for what I did. It’s something I have to learn from and grow from.
‘‘Game can be tough, and you can get frustrated with things people say. But there are a lot of kids out there watching. I have to be a bigger person in that situation.’’
Anderson entered play Tuesday batting .330/.363/.515 with four home runs this season. Since 2020, the Sox are 115-81 when he is in the lineup and 27-27 when he isn’t.
Anderson made two errors in the Sox’ 12-9, 11-inning loss to the Guardians on Monday. They were his eighth and ninth of the season, which leads the majors. He made 10 last season.
‘‘I’m, like, the worst right now; all I can do is get better,’’ Anderson said Tuesday. ‘‘All I can do is keep working and trying to get better. It’s not like I’m out there intentionally trying to [mess] up. I’m trying. I’m working hard, trying to make the plays.’’
Vaughn on rehab assignment
Outfielder/designated hitter Andrew Vaughn (bruised right hand) took batting practice before leaving for Triple-A Charlotte for a what is expected to be a brief rehabilitation assignment starting Wednesday. He is eligible to come off the injured list Thursday but likely will need two or three games at Charlotte.
Jimenez healing fast
Outfielder Eloy Jimenez — who took batting practice with Vaughn — ran sprints Monday, two weeks after having surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee. The original six- to eight-week timetable still stands, however, which means he’ll be out another four to six weeks.
‘‘Yeah, that was quick,’’ Jimenez said. ‘‘I thought it was going to be longer, but now I feel really good, and we are going to be back sooner than later.’’
Jimenez said he strained the hamstring before he landed somewhat awkwardly on first base while running out a ground ball April 23 in Minneapolis.
Reliever Kendall Graveman, who was unavailable Sunday and Monday, said he was good to go Tuesday.
Graveman said he is managing his usage with the training and coaching staffs, using pitch data to show when he’s fatiguing.
‘‘[I was] on pace for 93 innings through 25 days,’’ Graveman said. ‘‘We want to pitch in September and ultimately have the privilege to maybe pitch in October, and sometimes you have to be smart on the front end.’’