White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada departed in the fifth inning of Friday’s contest against the Twins with another bout of left hamstring tightness. Per an announcement from the team, he will be reevaluated on Saturday.
This has been a recurring issue for the 22-year-old infielder, who was previously pulled in the middle of Wednesday’s start against the Cardinals after sustaining the injury on a slide into third base. He is still considered day-to-day for the time being, as the issue isn’t severe enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list just yet.
Prior to his exit from Friday’s game, Moncada went 0-for-2 with a walk. He was replaced by Leury Garcia, who shifted from center field to second base while Adam Engel was inserted as a pinch-runner/center fielder in the fifth. Entering Saturday, Moncada slashed .268/.359/.518 with six home runs and four stolen bases in 129 PA.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.