Andrew Vaughn has been held out for several days due a hand injury he suffered on Friday, April 29, when he was hit in the hand by a pitch. Yesterday, the White Sox said that an IL stint was possible, and made that official today. Vaughn will head to the 10-Day IL, and Danny Mendick will be recalled to take his place.
The injury occurred during the White Sox’ 9-run inning against the Angels over the weekend. The ball appeared to hit him near the palm of his hand, and Vaughn initially stayed in the game. The White Sox did not at first thing Vaughn would need to go on the IL, but that changed as days went on and Vaughn did not make any improvement in his condition.
This is unfortunate news for the South Siders, as Vaughn has been arguably the best hitter on the team this year. He is currently hitting .283/.367/.566 and a 178 wRC+. We were originally told that this was only a day-to-day injury and La Russa even said he was available to pinch-hit in Sunday’s game, but it looks like Vaughn’s hand hasn’t healed as quickly as we would have hoped.
The good news is the X-rays were negative and hopefully, the IL stint won’t be too long for Vaughn. He is eligible to come off the IL on May 12 in time for the series against the Yankees. In the meantime, we hope Adam Engel, Gavin Sheets, and Leury Garcia can fill in for his role in the outfield.
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