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Moncada to DL with left hamstring tightness

Second baseman not expected to miss more than 10 days; Rondon recalled; A. Garcia takes BP
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CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with tightness in his left hamstring after leaving early from two games he started this week. Infielder Jose Rondon, who will wear uniform No. 20, was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place.

Moncada has been bothered by myriad injuries of late, including a sore right foot from a foul ball hit during Wednesday's game in St. Louis and a sore left thumb. But it was the hamstring issue, first arising on April 21, which caused the switch-hitting second baseman to depart in the eighth inning Wednesday after sliding into third and in the fifth inning Friday against the Twins after jogging back to first on a routing Yolmer Sanchez flyout.

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CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with tightness in his left hamstring after leaving early from two games he started this week. Infielder Jose Rondon, who will wear uniform No. 20, was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place.

Moncada has been bothered by myriad injuries of late, including a sore right foot from a foul ball hit during Wednesday's game in St. Louis and a sore left thumb. But it was the hamstring issue, first arising on April 21, which caused the switch-hitting second baseman to depart in the eighth inning Wednesday after sliding into third and in the fifth inning Friday against the Twins after jogging back to first on a routing Yolmer Sanchez flyout.

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Video: MIN@CWS: Moncada injured while running the bases

"It's more precautionary, especially because we did take one game where he had that spasm and took him out, gave him the next day off, and then it occurs again," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of Moncada, who is hitting .263 with eight doubles, one triple, six home runs, 15 RBIs, 17 walks, four stolen bases and a .359 on-base percentage in 29 games this season. "Fortunately, they did do an MRI [and] it was clean, nothing there.

"We're just going to see if we can give him some time to strengthen, recover, see if we can get to the crux of what's going on. Maybe it's just an anomaly. And hopefully he'll be ready to go once he comes off this DL stint."

This MRI was the first one during Moncada's stretch of hamstring issues, which he described as frustrating on Friday, while adding that a period of rest definitely could help him. Moncada will miss the rest of this Twins series, two home games against the Pirates and next weekend against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but the White Sox don't believe the injury will be reccurring.

"He's 22 years old -- he's still growing, I think," Renteria said. "Obviously, a body type like that -- with the strength and muscle that he carries -- you might have, at times, a cause for concern, but I don't see that. I think it's just someone who's going to continue to develop his flexibility and strength and do the things that are necessary to make adjustments."

Rondon returns to the Majors
Rondon, 24, made a brief appearance with the Padres in 2016, hitting .120 with one RBI over 25 at-bats. The infielder hit .286 with four doubles, two triples, four home runs, 10 RBIs, seven walks, 15 runs scored and a .340 on-base percentage for Charlotte.

"I'm excited but I'm not as nervous as I was the first time," said Rondon through interpreter Billy Russo before lining out to third as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Saturday's 8-4 loss, following a 12-pitch at-bat against Minnesota's Phil Hughes. "Right now, I know what to expect and what to do. The first time it was all new for me.

"I just want to take advantage of this opportunity to establish myself at this level. I just want to help this team in whatever capacity they need me to help them."

Injury updates
• Outfielder Avisail Garcia (strained right hamstring) took batting practice Saturday and said he felt a little better.

• Right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez (rotator cuff inflammation), who turned in a rousing pregame singing performance on-field with a Mariachi band, has been throwing long toss and will throw his first bullpen Sunday.

Video: MIN@CWS: Miguel Gonzalez performs with mariachi band

"So I'm pretty excited about that," said Gonzalez, who will need a Minor League rehab assignment before returning. "After that, we'll see what the brass would want me to do."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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