CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson and Matt Davidson were out of the White Sox starting lineup for a second straight game in the team's series opener against the Rangers Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.The White Sox shortstop and primary designated hitter are healthy, but White Sox manager Rick Renteria was
CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson and Matt Davidson were out of the White Sox starting lineup for a second straight game in the team's series opener against the Rangers Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The White Sox shortstop and primary designated hitter are healthy, but White Sox manager Rick Renteria was trying to give them a bit of a mental health break.
"I'm trying to allow both young men, Tim and Matty Davidson, to kind of take a breath," Renteria said. "They've both been playing every single day.
"Sometimes you've just got to allow them to take a step back and watch the game a bit, then reinsert them, let them start enjoying it again."
Davidson has 17 home runs and 38 RBIs to go with his .250 average, .291 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage. He also is 1-for-20 over his past five games, with 13 strikeouts.
Anderson sits at .246 with seven homers and 24 RBIs, but leads the Majors with 18 errors. During his break Thursday, Anderson put in extra work with bench coach Joe McEwing.
"I'm not where I want to be. But I know what it takes to get to where I want to be," Anderson said. "I feel like what I'm going through right now has really set myself up to be great. Just believe in myself and keep working.
"Last year was basically a sample of what I'm capable of, and we know it's there. Hopefully I can get back. Just keep working and get back to being a better player than I was last year."
Even at the young age of 24, Anderson has no issues discussing the good and bad of his on-field time.
"I'm a very open guy," said Anderson, who is 2-for-21 in his last six games. "I'm going to talk about anything; whatever you want to talk about, I'm here. But I'll always try to pull a positive out of something negative."
Tilson suffers stress fracture
White Sox outfielder Charlie Tilson has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the navicular bone in his right ankle.
While rehabbing in Arizona, Tilson complained of ankle pain, which led to the diagnosis. Tilson will be in a walking boot for four weeks and then will be reevaluated. He originally was placed on the disabled list April 2 with a stress reaction in his right foot, which is now fully healed.
Tilson, 24, was acquired from the Cardinals at the 2016 non-waiver Trade Deadline in exchange for reliever Zach Duke. He played in one game in Detroit on Aug. 2, produced his first big league hit, then tore his left hamstring chasing a fly ball. He went through season-ending surgery to repair the injury.
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