White Sox recalling Yoan Moncada from IL means move to second base for Jake Burger

White Sox open a two-game series against the Cubs Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Andrew Vaughn of the White Sox is congratulated by Yoan Moncada (10) and Jake Burger (30) after homering against the Marlins on June 10.

Andrew Vaughn of the White Sox is congratulated by Yoan Moncada (10) and Jake Burger (30) after homering against the Marlins on June 10.

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Third baseman Yoan Moncada returned from the injured list Tuesday, and the White Sox moved Jake Burger to second base for the first game in a two-game crosstown series against the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field.

First baseman Andrew Vaughn returned to the lineup after missing five games with a bone bruise on his left foot.

Burger, who has started 50 games at third base with Moncada limited by back soreness, has played in four games at second during his career and one this season but has taken pregame work at second throughout the year. He took ground balls with coach Eddie Rodriguez four hours before Tuesday’s game.

With two months to play and the Sox out of postseason contention, assessing the 6-2, 230-pound Burger’s skills at second is worth a try.

“With his bat in there, let’s give it a shot,” manager Pedro Grifol said.

Moncada hasn’t played since June 13, and brings a .232/.279/.370 hitting line with three homers in 38 games to the lineup. Moncada began his career with the Sox as a second baseman and he said Tuesday he would make the switch if it served the Sox’ best interests. Grifol said such a move could be considered in the offseason, but not now with Moncada coming back from a back injury.

Moncada’s disc issue has extended to discomfort in his glute and hamstring, he said.

“I feel good, not 100%, but I feel good enough to play,” he said. “This is something I have to deal with. But definitely feel much better now than we started the season.”

Burger felt prepared to make the move.

“I put in a lot of work,” he said. “It’s been three years of a lot of work. In 2021 I started some games at second at [Triple-A] Charlotte and I used that offseason to work at second base,” he said. “[Coach] Eddie [Rodriguez] and I have put in a ton of work the last few weeks. I feel good about everybody’s confidence in me to start there.”

Burger is batting .214/.270/.504 with 21 homers and 15 doubles in 82 games.

Catcher Carlos Perez was optioned to Charlotte to make room for Moncada on the roster.

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