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White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada likely to miss Detroit Tigers series

by Joe Binder

Another day, another injury for the White Sox. You know the drill at this point.

If you missed it, third baseman Yoan Moncada was today’s victim as a hand injury forced him to exit after the third inning. It occurred as Moncada made an awkward head-first slide into third base on Jose Abreu’s single. He stayed on the ground while being check on by the training staff, eventually remained in the game as a runner, and then was replaced defensively by left fielder Andrew Vaughn.

In a tweet during the game, the team said Moncada suffered a bruised right hand and was being further evaluated. Unfortunately, skipper Tony La Russa expects the club to be without the 26-year-old for at least the next series.

“He’s got some swelling. Looks like he’ll probably miss the weekend series. By saying that, it means we think he could be ready by time we go to Minnesota. It’s sore, it’s going to affect swinging and throwing. We’ll play without him.”

Moncada, who missed some action last month due to a sinus infection, is currently slashing .280/.403/.394 with 14 doubles, five home runs, and 35 RBI. If there were ever a time for him to miss some games, it would be now though as the Sox are set to play the Tigers, Twins, and Orioles before heading into the All-Star break.

It’s also worth mentioning that infielder Jake Burger is not in the Charlotte Knights’ starting lineup this evening. Is it a coincidence or just a scheduled off day for a guy who’s hitting .322/.368/.964 with 10 bombs and 36 RBI? Only time will tell.

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