Anderson returns to Sox while Moncada moves to Illinois. originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
As one White socks the star returns from IL, another one leaves with his own injury. The team announced that Tim Anderson will return to the roster for the opening series against the Blue Jays on Monday. But in turn, Yoan Moncada will be heading to the 10-Day IL with a hamstring strain.
Let’s start with the good news. Anderson returned to his usual spot in the lead after being out of the team for just over three weeks.
“I want to be careful not to put too much pressure on him, but he excels at it,” Tony La Russa said. “So I think it’s important that he knows how important he is. This is what he earned. We’re better off because he’s here.”
Anderson injured his groin back on May 29 while fielding a ground ball in the Crosstown final against the Cubs. Before the injury, Anderson was one of baseball’s top hitters with a .356 batting average. Had he had enough plate appearances to qualify for a place on the league leaderboard, that number would have been second behind Luis Arráez’s .361 average.
Meanwhile, Moncada’s injury is the latest in a long string of third base failures dating back to an oblique strain in spring practice. Due to various injuries, Moncada has only been able to play 29 games this season.
Rick Hahn called Moncada’s hamstring strain “minor” but the team wants to be careful as there is a risk it could lead to more serious injury if they insist on it. The team does not know at this time how long Moncada will be sidelined with the injury.
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