CHICAGO -- The original word from the White Sox on Yoan Moncada's early exit from Saturday's 10-1 loss to the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field was a manager's decision made by Rick Renteria and not injury related.That explanation changed somewhat following the team's sixth straight loss, with Moncada leaving the
CHICAGO -- The original word from the White Sox on Yoan Moncada's early exit from Saturday's 10-1 loss to the Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field was a manager's decision made by Rick Renteria and not injury related.
That explanation changed somewhat following the team's sixth straight loss, with Moncada leaving the game after his second-inning groundout to third base due to a tight left hamstring, per Renteria's postgame media session.
"He actually had a little bit of a sore hammy, so we took him out after the play at first," Renteria said. "He explained to me that he had a tight hammy, so I dealt with it in that way."
"I felt the hamstring was a little tight, and then I told Ricky. That was why he made the decision to take me out of the game," Moncada said through interpreter Billy Russo. "Because it was the first time, I told Ricky just to be cautious about that. I felt a little tightness in the hamstring and that was why he decided to take me out of the game."
The White Sox second baseman grounded out to third baseman Alex Bregman for the second out, but appeared to slow down momentarily as he moved down the line. Bregman's throw was up the line, but first baseman Yuli Gurriel was able to apply the tag to Moncada's shoulder. Renteria stresses hustling at all times, and when Leury Garcia replaced Moncada in the third, it appeared that momentary lapse cost Moncada.
Moncada acknowledged Renteria asked him about the slowdown after the play, which is when Moncada mentioned the hamstring tightness. Renteria added that it was a manager's decision to remove Moncada, but when asked if he was upset with Moncada, Renteria simply stated, "No."
As for Moncada playing with the injury Sunday, Renteria gave a wait-and-see answer. Moncada seemed ready to go.
"No, I don't think it's something serious," Moncada said. "I want to be in the lineup tomorrow."
Saturday marked Moncada's first game this season out of the leadoff spot, batting sixth, albeit just one time. Moncada didn't seem to have a lineup spot preference, as long as he's in there.
"Being a leadoff hitter or in the sixth spot, I have to do my job, and that's my focus," Moncada said. "It doesn't matter in what order of the lineup I'm playing. I have to do my job to help this team win games."
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