White Sox Lose Infielder For 3-6 Months

It was only yesterday that Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol told us that the hip/adductor injury to Yoan Moncada is only "nagging" and shouldn't keep him out of the lineup. “He’s doing a really good job maintaining it.”

Apparently, not quite good enough, as after he collapsed on the field last night, the White Sox have announced today that Moncada will now be out from 3 to 6 months.

Needless to say, at the far end of this range, Moncada would miss the rest of the 2024 season.

The 29-year-old was off to a decent start to the season, batting .282 with a .774 OPS and an OPS+ of 124. He has yet to hit a homer or drive in a run, however.

Playing perhaps when he shouldn't have been on Tuesday night, Moncada was trying to run out a grounder down the first base line in the 2nd inning, but he didn't quite make it to the base, crumbling to the ground and writhing in agony.

Grifol's tune was changed quite a bit after the game: “He was in some pain out there, I feel for him,” Grifol said. “He was in severe pain.”

The once-elite prospect, who even got some MVP votes in 2019, has struggled the past few seasons, managing an OPS+ above 100 only once in four years. He missed 92 games last season with a back injury.

Moncada joins other key White Sox players Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez on the IL in the early stages of the season.

The White Sox recalled outfielder Oscar Colás from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.