CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez is scheduled to begin an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday after being sidelined since April 18 with right rotator cuff inflammation.The veteran right-hander will throw three innings or 45 pitches in his first start for the Knights, and he figures to need three
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez is scheduled to begin an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday after being sidelined since April 18 with right rotator cuff inflammation.
The veteran right-hander will throw three innings or 45 pitches in his first start for the Knights, and he figures to need three or four starts before returning to the White Sox.
"I need to get ready, make sure that everything's OK for me to come back and be able to compete up here," Gonzalez said. "Taking it day by day. That's the most important thing, and not rushing anything."
Gonzalez was close to starting a rehab assignment three or four weeks ago, but he had a setback. He's excited to get going now, adding that his curve felt good during his last bullpen session. It will be a pitch he throws more than any other in his rehab, because it's key for him at 20 mph slower than his fastball.
There's an understanding Gonzalez might be part of the bullpen upon his return, and he actually could become a trade candidate for the rebuilding White Sox, much like he was in 2017, when he was dealt to the Rangers.
"Definitely. It's part of it, and that's something that we can't control. It's baseball," Gonzalez said. "You see it a lot during this time, and you've just got to be prepared for it, especially the guys that have been playing really good, older guys, the veterans, [could] get traded.
"A lot of guys have been through it. It's just a mental thing that we have to, obviously, not worry about it too much and keep playing your game. You always have to have that mentality where you've got to be positive no matter where you go. You can't think about it while you're playing here."
Moncada gets defensive
Yoan Moncada made a great sliding play to his right on a Dustin Fowler grounder up the middle to close out a Game 2 victory for the White Sox over the A's on Friday night. But it was a ball Moncada fielded cleanly to his left on a Matt Joyce grounder in the sixth that emerged as equally impressive.
That same sort of grounder produced two errors from Moncada in Game 1 of the doubleheader, when he was unable to get in front of the baseball.
"I was really happy with, actually, both," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "One had the basis of a fundamentally sound approach to a ground ball, and the other was the skill set he brings that's so exciting that he can get to a ball, be able to make that play from a backhanded position, slide, come up and still get the out at first. It shows you the quality and the expanse of his defensive abilities, what he's really attuned with what he's supposed to do."
"Obviously, you can get frustrated, because you don't want to make those mistakes," said Moncada through interpreter Billy Russo. "But at the same time, you can't get [overly] frustrated, because you need to be ready for the next time. That's why you always have to think about what's next. What happened, happened. You have to keep your mind on what's next."
Although Moncada hit the ball hard throughout Friday's doubleheader, he finished with one hit and entered Saturday batting .223. But his offensive struggles over the past 29 games have nothing to do with potential defensive miscues, adding up to three fielding errors in two games between Wednesday at Cleveland and Friday's opener.
"If my offense is not good or is not where I want it to be, I don't put any extra pressure on my defense," Moncada said. "Obviously, I don't want to commit any errors or make any mistakes. But those things are part of the game. You have to deal with it."
Third to first
• The White Sox were scheduled to show the movie "The Sandlot" following Saturday afternoon's game at Guaranteed Rate Field.
• Nicky Delmonico, sidelined by a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand, began hitting off a tee on Saturday.
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.