ST. PETERSBURG -- Tim Anderson has made it clear that he misses the White Sox every bit as much as they miss him. The good news is that a reunion doesn’t seem too far off.
Chicago’s shortstop ran the bases and completed fielding drills at Tropicana Field on Saturday prior to his team’s tilt against the Rays, showing -- albeit in a controlled situation -- all the reasons why the White Sox are pining for their speedster. It was another solid hurdle cleared, and manager Rick Renteria hinted Saturday that Monday could bring great news for the team.
“We’re going to put him heavily through the wringer on Monday at home with everything: the running the bases, hitting, obviously all the fielding that he’s doing,” Renteria said. “We’ll get [him] seen, we’ll re-evaluate it, and hopefully we’re in a position where he’ll be out on a rehab soon.”
Anderson has been out since June 25 with a right high ankle sprain that he sustained while fielding a grounder against the Red Sox. He was hitting .317 with 11 home runs, 37 RBIs and 15 stolen bases at the time of his injury, and the White Sox also undoubtedly miss Anderson’s swagger.
While Renteria said the team won’t set a timetable until it returns home, the original thought was that Anderson would miss about a month.
Cordero was claimed off waivers from Seattle on June 7 and went 3-1 with a 0.51 ERA and four saves in 13 relief appearances for Charlotte before his callup. The 28-year-old appeared in 22 games for the Nationals in 2018 and one for the Blue Jays this year before the Mariners picked him up. He saw most of his success with a two-seamer and a sinker with a curveball mixed in, holding his opponents for Charlotte to a .215 average while compiling 0.91 WHIP.
Beyond the stats, Cordero said, he’s ready to do what it takes to stick around Chicago for as long as he can.
“I’m very grateful to be here,” he added, through team translator Billy Russo. “It’s been difficult … but when you finally get the opportunity like I’m getting now, you start to believe in yourself, and you keep that confidence up.”
“We’re letting the inflammation calm down,” Renteria added. “He did some one-handed drills [Saturday] with his left hand. As long as that starts to calm down, once we get back to Chicago, we’ll see where he’s at and make a determination about how to proceed.”
The 22-year-old is hitting .244 this season with 39 RBIs and 17 home runs, the latter of which leads American League rookies.