The injury-prone Chicago White Sox just can’t catch a break this spring training.
Nicky Delmonico and Tyler Saladino collided going after a fly ball in the seventh inning. A simple “I got it” would have sufficed.
The White Sox said Delmonico left the game with a left shoulder subluxation. In more familiar terms, he has a partially dislocated shoulder.
So far this spring, several White Sox players have dealt with some sort of injury, with varying severities. Jake Burger, Micker Adolfo, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Alec Hansen, Jeanmar Gomez and now Delmonico have all been forced to miss time.
If Delmonico is sidelined for Opening Day, Ryan Cordell, Adam Engel and Avisail Garcia look like the most probable outfield combination.
The injury put a damper on a solid day for the White Sox.
Jimenez hit a solo shot in the second and triple in the fourth. He walked in his final plate appearance.
The White Sox put another run on the board in the fourth, when Yolmer Sanchez drove in Jimenez from third. Sanchez is having himself a spring — hitting .394 — ultimately solidifying himself as the Opening Day third baseman.
Other players, who have had quieter springs, were impressive today.
Yoan Moncada, hitting .219 this spring, launched a solo home run off Yoshihisa Hirano in the sixth inning. It was the switch-hitter’s first long ball of the spring.
Jose Abreu crushed a two-run home run off Silvino Bracho in the fourth inning. The slugger is hitting only .179 in Cactus League play, but there shouldn’t be too much concern for a player coming off a .300, 30-plus home run season.
Tim Anderson also added two hits of his own, including an RBI double that glanced off the top of the left field wall.
Starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez turned in another strong performance, despite giving up three hits and two walks. He worked out of trouble in the first and second innings but cruised through the rest of his outing, logging 4 ⅓ innings on the day.
Recently-signed Robbie Ross also had himself another good appearance, pitching 1 ⅔ innings of scoreless ball.
However, Dane Dunning was a disaster. He gave up a lot of hard contact and didn’t have his best control, allowing five earned runs on five hits and a walk, and getting knocked out of the box after retiring just two batters.