The White Sox concluded a series of six roster moves that began this morning with reinstating Lucas Giolito from the IL. The final two moves that weren’t discussed this morning: an IL stint for Andrew Vaughn and the reinstatement of Tim Anderson back onto the roster.
Anderson’s minimum IL stint ended a few days ago, so it was only a matter of time until he was activated. Anderson has been missed at the top of the White Sox lineup, as he has hit .302/.331/.458 this season, good for a 116 wRC+ and 3.5 fWAR. His value on both side of the ball are a part of why this team is heading to October.
This move might’ve meant a little less playing time for Leury Garcia, if not for the fact that Andrew Vaughn was placed on the IL. Vaughn hadn’t played in quite a few days, and was in a slump before the injury, hitting just .137/.222/.219 over his last 20 games. The White Sox will hope this IL stint brings a healed back and a cleared mindset for the rookie, who has had a solid season despite the slump: .240/.314/.409 (100 wRC+). Leury Garcia will likely see more action in LF, with the White Sox taking the opportunity to DH Eloy Jimenez to keep him healthy for the playoffs.
The White Sox have not made any announcements about the health of Adam Engel beyond Tony La Russa’s comment that he would likely be back during the next road trip in Texas, Detroit, and Cleveland. He and Evan Marshall are the last two remaining question marks in regards to health moving forward.
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