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Andy Sonnanstine is attempting a comeback… as a knuckleballer


Andy Sonnanstine hasn’t pitched at any level of professional baseball since 2011. In the time since, he graduated from college and has been playing a lot of golf, as MLB.com’s Bill Chastain reports.

Taking a cue from former teammate Dan Johnson, who is reinventing himself as a knuckleballer, Sonnanstine is doing the same. The right-hander is throwing 200 knuckleballs per day, six days a week, whether it’s to another person or to a net in his garage. Sonnanstine has solicited advice from Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, Steven Wright of the Red Sox, and former pitcher Charlie Hough. He hopes to meet with Tim Wakefield as well.

How much progress has Sonnanstine made? He said, “It’s getting to the point where the movement is there — it’s moving, dancing, darting. I want it to be there 85 percent of the time. It’s probably 45 to 60 percent-ish. That’s good for a guy just fiddling around. But I’m to the point where I’ve gotten just about as far as I can go on my own.”

Over parts of five years in the majors from 2007-11, Sonnanstine — now 33 years old — compiled a 5.26 ERA and a 343/136 K/BB ratio in 540 1/3 innings, all with the Rays.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.