Anderson day to day with tight hamstring

White Sox shortstop exits in 1st inning vs. Angels

April 5th, 2021

White Sox shortstop left Sunday night’s 7-4 walk-off loss to the Angels at Angel Stadium in the bottom of the first inning with left hamstring tightness.

He’s listed as day to day, although manager Tony La Russa seemed hopeful during his postgame Zoom session with reporters that it would not be an extended absence for Anderson.

“We got him out early, did a lot to try to stretch him,” La Russa said. “He was feeling a little better but, discretion right there is the better part of valor.

“It looks like something short of, knock on wood, serious hamstring tear or something. He just hopefully pulled it slightly, so we’ll see.”

Anderson opened the game against Angels right-handed starter Shohei Ohtani with a groundout to second baseman David Fletcher but winced as he hit the bag. He took a little time near first after the play before returning to the dugout, but La Russa said the injury happened as Anderson was going down the line.

Through this opening series, Anderson was 3-for-15 with one home run, one RBI and three runs scored. He’s a key force at the top of the lineup, winning the 2019 American League batting title, as well as being the heart of this team.

Leury García replaced Anderson, finishing 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored, and would be the team’s shortstop for any games missed by Anderson. The White Sox also have infielders Danny Mendick and Matt Reynolds traveling as part of their taxi squad, although Reynolds is not on the 40-man roster.

García looked as if he would be playing more outfield when left fielder Eloy Jiménez was lost for five to six months after rupturing a left biceps tendon and undergoing surgery. That plan could change in the interim.

“I know my role on this team as utility,” said García through interpreter Billy Russo. “You have to be ready for when the opportunity rises. TA went down and I had to go out and play shortstop. That’s why I’ve been working to get ready for whenever the team needs me.

“Hopefully TA is good and can come back soon. I don’t want to see any of my teammates going down. But I’ll be ready. I’ll be ready to play any position.”