Yoan Moncada scratched from White Sox roster

NEW YORK – Yoan Moncada was retired with right leg pain and Jose Abreu went from first base to designated hitter with a head cold as the White Sox opened a three-game series against the Yankees Saturday.

Moncada felt something around first base his last at bat in the Sox’s 7-4 win over the Royals on Thursday. Manager Tony La Russa has indicated Moncada will be available on the bench and expects him to play in one of Sunday’s doubleheader matches.

“Moncada will be our bench strength,” manager Tony La Russa said. “I want to make sure his legs are okay.”

“If I had to bet he would play the second game [Sunday]. He won’t play both.

Moncada, who didn’t play his first game of the season until May 9 due to an oblique injury sustained in spring training, has played just nine games this season.

Anderson takes care

Tim Anderson had two stints on the injured list with hamstring issues last season. This season is so far away, everything is fine.

“I feel good,” Anderson said Saturday. “I get what I need to take care of myself.”

This includes regular visits to the trainer’s room for maintenance.

“Like a pit stop,” Anderson said. “You have to go through it, get what you need and take care of your body. Be ready. I go to the training room a lot. I’m not afraid to go out there and tell them what I need. They are there to help.

La Russa took care to keep Anderson fresh. During Kansas City’s five-game series this week, he rested Anderson in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Tuesday. With the day off Monday, La Russa said Anderson will likely play both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Anderson said he took care of his legs last season but was more intentional about it this year.

“I’m not saying that I didn’t take care of myself last year, but now I’m doing a little more to stay in myself, I try to feel good every day,” he said. . “I do recovery stuff at home. I’m just trying to stay on top to try to prevent it. Take care of the body, especially the legs.

Stop: rest is good

Dylan Cease’s normal round would be Sunday on four days off, but he will have six days between starts if he faces the Red Sox, as scheduled on Tuesday. Beginners will benefit from extra rest throughout the season when the time is right.

“I feel good,” Cease said. “It’s always nice to rest when you can. I feel good either way, but it’s smart to strategically place it in there.

Cease said he feels great now, but said it’s “just smart to have it” for long-term benefits.

“There are the scorching days of summer,” he said. “It’s good to find it when you can.”

The only downside is “removing the rust, especially if it’s multiple times in a row, but it’s worth it,” he said.

Cease threw an “intense” bullpen on Saturday and said he would probably throw 10 or 15 pitches from a mound on Monday for fine tuning.

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