Yoán Moncada exits game early with bruised hand
Another injury to a main contributor is not what the Chicago White Sox need right now.
Third baseman Yoán Moncada had White Sox fans holding their collective breath for a bit Thursday, as he took a tumble on an awkward slide at third base during the third inning, appearing to land funnily on his right wrist, and was down for a while during a lengthy visit from the trainer.
Moncada stayed in the game briefly, scoring on the ensuing play, but did not come out to play defense in the fourth inning, removed with what the White Sox updated as a bruised right hand. The team added that Moncada was being further evaluated.
With all the injuries affecting the White Sox right now, it was Andrew Vaughn called upon to sub in for Moncada at third base.
Moncada has dealt with his fair share of maladies this season after his 2020 campaign was dramatically impacted by the aftereffects of his COVID-19 infection. Most recently, he’s dealt with a sinus infection and a persistently nagging shoulder, the latter of which kept him out of Tuesday night’s game.
Discussing his return from that sinus infection a couple weekends ago in Houston, Moncada admitted he wasn’t yet back to 100 percent but that he felt obligated to play, saying “the team needs me.” That attitude has seemingly applied to his other issues this season, Moncada seemingly following in the footsteps of José Abreu, who has astonished with his ability to play through a litany of freak incidents this season.