At first glance, learning that Andrew Vaughn was hitting the IL raised concern for him after his diving catch action in the first inning at Cleveland.
But no, it’s “just” “the flu,” so per COVID protocols, Vaughn goes into isolation and further coronavirus testing, while on the mandated 10-day IL.
If there’s any good news here precedent-wise, both Dylan Cease and Luis Robert went through a similar stopover on the IL earlier this season, and both were back in action a few days later. So, fingers crossed, Vaughn is back in left field or at DH for the Toronto series starting Tuesday.
Meanwhile, another high White Sox draft pick, second-rounder Gavin Sheets, makes the majors!
Congrats to Sheets, who dealt with the setback of not being an alt-site player in 2020 and seeing Vaughn sprint past him on the org depth chart by learning to play the outfield while continuing to mash hell outta the ball.
Sheets has played in nine essentially full games in right field this season, taking 10 chances without an error. He’s played one game in left, with two chances and an error. He’s still seen more time at his natural position of first base (14 games, 11 starts), but has the flexibility to man the corners in Vaughn’s absence.
In crazy-related news, Brett’s little brother at both Libertyville High and TCU, Evan Skoug, was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte to take Sheets’ roster spot; the Knights had been playing with just one true catcher, Nate Nolan, after Seby Zavala was placed on the 10-day IL.
Here’s the copyedited White Sox release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 3, 2021
WHITE SOX PLACE ANDREW VAUGHN ON INJURED LIST; RECALL GAVIN SHEETS FROM TRIPLE-A CHARLOTTE
CHICAGO – Prior to tonight’s series opener vs. Detroit, the Chicago White Sox placed rookie outfielder Andrew Vaughn on the injured list and recalled infielder/outfielder Gavin Sheets from Triple-A Charlotte.
Sheets, 25, is batting .319/.360/.500 with five doubles, four home runs, 20 RBIs and 11 runs over 23 games with the Knights this season. Sheets, 6´5´´ and 230 pounds, has played in 14 games at first base, nine in right field and one in left.
“In compliance with MLB’s existing COVID-19 protocols, Andrew Vaughn has been placed on the injured list,” says Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “Andrew is currently asymptomatic and our hope is that, similar to our other IL placements of this nature, he will return shortly to the active roster. At this time, no other players on the roster are impacted.”
Sheets, who bats and throws left-handed, was selected by the White Sox in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Wake Forest University. He is a career .283/.358/.415 hitter with 30 home runs, 192 RBIs and 144 runs in 324 games over four minor-league seasons.
Sheets, the son of former major-league Larry Sheets, has no major-league experience. He will wear uniform No. 32.
Vaughn, 23, is hitting .226 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 12 RBIs and 19 runs over 43 games in 2021.