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Danny Mendick suffers season-ending ACL tear as Chicago White Sox call prospect Lenyn Sosa – The Denver Post

Danny Mendick didn’t curse his luck.

The White Sox infielder’s season ended Thursday with the news that he tore the ACL in his right knee, an injury sustained Wednesday in an outfield collision with Adam Haseley.

“You know what, that ball was in no man’s land,” Mendick said while using crutches hours before the Sox opened a game four against the Baltimore Orioles at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“You go out, you try to be aggressive. There’s nothing I would ever take back about it. I am an aggressive player. I know Haseley is too. I told him about it. I wouldn’t change it. You go after the ball – that’s how it works. Maybe a little misunderstanding, but that’s part of it.

The Sox, however, could curse their fortunes when it comes to keeping players healthy.

In addition to Mendick, outfielder Adam Engel was placed on the 10-day IL Thursday. Engel suffered a strained right hamstring one set after Mendick fell in a 9-5 home loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Engel’s same hamstring cost him the first 58 games of last season. He returned on June 6 but followed the 10-day IL later that month.

This time around, he said the injury seemed less serious.

“I woke up today certainly sore but nowhere near as bad as what I experienced last year,” he said. “So I’m optimistic that it should be on the shorter side of a stay in IL and it shouldn’t take too long to come back healthy, come back out there.”

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. He’s in rehab with Charlotte.

Meanwhile, outfielder Luis Robert was sidelined Thursday’s game with a leg injury.

“He has a problem that he’s had before, so we’ll let him calm down,” manager Tony La Russa said. “I expect him to play tomorrow.”

The Sox are counting their rosters day by day. They’ve suffered a series of injuries since Garrett Hook and Lance Lynn fell in spring training.

The injury bug also suffocated Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Liam Hendriks, Yasmani Grandal and Aaron Bummer.

Mendick, 28, who is hitting .289 with 15 RBIs in 31 games, had earned more playing time from La Russa and the respect of Sox fans for his spunky play, especially by replacing Anderson while the stop- short All-Star was recovering from a right groin strain.

“It’s a great game in many ways, but most of the time there’s no justice,” La Russa said. “What he did to gain extra playing time and was so productive.

“Our record, we survived Tim’s exit, and almost every one of those games, Danny did something or something, plural.”

Anderson returned from his stint in IL on Monday.

Medick said he didn’t know what was going on with the Sox, but “despite all the injuries we’ve had, it’s impressive what we’ve done so far. The guys are going to come back and get better, at full strength, and we’re going to be dangerous.

Mendick was optimistic despite the season-ending injury, believing he had plenty of time to rehabilitate and be ready for the first day of spring training in 2023.

“They gave me a good timeline of when I’ll end up having surgery and when I can start having it until I’m full,” said Mendick, who wasn’t sure. the date of his operation. “It’s exciting to look forward to it. I can’t wait to…be completely healthy and really strong.

The left-handed hitter Sheets hit .270 with two homers in nine games with Charlotte after being demoted on June 10. He hit .204 in his first stint with the Sox this season, regressing from his promising rookie year.

But after Sheets’ stint with the Knights and working with their hitting coach Chris Johnson, Sox hitting coach Frank Menechino “really felt like Gavin was more himself,” La Russa said. “He’s a veteran now, so he’s going to get dressed and he’s going to stretch, he’s going to play on the right pitch.”

Sosa, 22, can play short, second or third and is one of the Sox’s top prospects. He led the Southern League entering Thursday with a .331 average, 85 hits and 48 RBI while posting a .933 OPS at Double-A Birmingham.

“He’s going to help wherever he can, but when you build the year he’s got you have to believe he’s going to be an everyday player,” La Russa said. “He (played) every day there and he rips the lid off the ball. The fact that he can play three places in the field makes things easier.

The Venezuelan infielder, signed as an international free agent in 2016, will wear number 50. He was not in the starting lineup on Thursday.

Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan contributed.


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