The Chicago White Sox continued to be hit hard on the injury front Thursday with new infielder Danny Mendick suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in an outfield collision Wednesday at the guaranteed rate field. .
Mendick was placed on the 10-day IL with Adam Engel, who suffered a strained right hamstring one set after Mendick fell.
The Sox recalled first baseman/outfielder Gavin Sheets from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday and selected Double-A infielder Lenyn Sosa on contract. Eloy Jiménez was transferred to IL for 60 days and could be reinstated on Thursday. Jiménez is in rehab in Charlotte.
Engel’s injury wasn’t considered serious, but the loss of Mendick for at least the rest of the season is another blow to the Sox, who have suffered a series of injuries since Garrett Hook and Lance Lynn left. fell during spring training.
Mendick, 28, was hitting .289 with 15 RBIs in 31 games, earning more playing time from manager Tony La Russa and the respect of Sox fans for his gritty play.
The left-handed hitter Sheets hit .270 with two homers in nine games at Charlotte after being demoted June 10. He hit .204 in his first stint with the Sox this season, regressing from last year’s promising rookie season.
Sosa, 22, can play short, second or third, and has been one of the Sox’s top prospects this season. He led the Southern League on Thursday with a .331 average, 85 hits and 48 RBIs, while posting a .933 OPS at Double-A Birmingham. The Venezuelan infielder, signed as an international free agent in 2016, will wear number 50.
The Sox face the Baltimore Orioles Thursday at the start of a four-game series.