Yoan Moncada might be off the disabled list, but he’s hitting as though that sore right thumb is still bothering him. Since coming off the shelf on May 26, he’s 5-for-40 with 14 strikeouts, and he’s spent June going further afield (2-for-22, zero walks, seven strikeouts).
Assuming this is more attributable to the injury and not mere regression — he’s still hitting .285/.366/.436 for the season — at least the misfortune has a sense of timing. If Moncada were healthy and raking, it’d be very difficult to keep him off the 25-man roster while Tyler Saladino is on the disabled list, or at least awkward to defend.
As it stands, the injury and/or slump makes it easier to get past the latest Super Two deadline without torturing logic past its breaking point. The Sox wouldn’t want to call him up until he’s officially clear from the injury, lest he require a DL stint shortly after a promotion. This silver lining extends so far until Moncada’s lack of production really becomes an issue, but “so far” is, I dunno, July 2.
- Yoan Moncada went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Jacob May singled, struck out thrice and was caught stealing.
- Nicky Delmonico was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Rymer Liriano, 0-for-4 with a K.
- Lucas Giolito: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, 72 of 101 pitches for strikes.
- Brayant Nova went 2-for-5.
- Luis Mieses, 0-for-5.
- Harvin Mendoza singled twice, walked twice and struck out once.
- Josue Guerrero was 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Anthony Coronado, 1-for-4 with a strikeout and an HBP.
- Anderson Comas, 1-for-5.
- Kleyder Sanchez went 3-for-3.
- Ulises Martinez replaced him, hitting a sac fly and striking out.
- Ramon Pineda: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
- Cristopher Batista: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 WP