White Sox get core group together for first time this season

Jose Abreu (79) and Tim Anderson of the White Sox celebrate a win against the Guardians at Progressive Field on July 13, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Getty Images)


ARLINGTON, Texas — Thursday marked just the 37th time Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert were in the same lineup since 2020.

It says a lot about the Sox’ injury woes this season and last. That they were together, finally, with 58 games left on the schedule and two games to make up to catch the AL Central leading Twins says something worth feeling good about in a season light on feel-good moments.

“That was how it was supposed to be since spring training,” Abreu said through a translator Thursday. “Today is the day. We are all together. We are united.”

The Sox were 25-11 with that group in the lineup.

The Sox (53-51) opened a four-game series against the Rangers (46-58) having won four of their last five games and 12 of 18 and needing to win series. Repeatedly.

“I know what the standings are, our fans know what the standings are,” manager Tony La Russa said before the game. “But to be in contention, you have to be a winning club. And then you’ve got to win a lot. Plus-two is a nice place to get to because we’ve been trying to get there, let’s get to 10 and then 15. You know what I mean. It’s like you’re on a trip and you stop somewhere to get gas or lunch, you’re not at the destination.”

Abreu, who is entering a month that historically has been the best of his career, was batting .375/423/.574 with five homers, 12 doubles and 23 RBI in his last 35 games, has played like a leader and conducted himself like one as well — he was selected as the Sox winner for the 2022 Heart & Hustle Award.

He also spoke like a leader Thursday.

“Our mindset is let’s give it all to these [58] games to see what happens,” he said. “Let’s work hard together. We’ll see at the end.

“We are a good team. We know that. Right now, our goal has to be trying to stay healthy. If we stay healthy and we stay on the field, we know we are going to be good.”

Robert in lineup

Robert, playing for the first time since July 15, described his ordeal with lightheadedness and blurred vision as “weird.” The team attributed it a virus and possible vitamin deficiencies.

Robert said Thursday he has been symptom free for three days. He was reinstated from the injured list Tuesday but did not play Tuesday or Wednesday. The plan for Robert is to play center field Friday, rest Saturday and play center field Sunday.

“Ever since [July 15], it was a few things with my vision. Just a …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times


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