Sanchez (shoulder) is back in the lineup Friday against the Cubs, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Sanchez injured his left shoulder while making a defensive play Saturday and sat out five days. The absence is unlikely to put a significant dent on his readiness for Opening Day.
Sanchez injured his left shoulder giving for a groundball Saturday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Sanchez is hoping to get back to play Wednesday against the Dodgers, although manager Rick Renteria is not going to rush him back. "I'm going to take liberties and control when he gets back in there," Renteria said. "He's a very valuable piece to us. I'm going to make sure he's doing fine. But he is doing well." Sanchez will be the starting second baseman when the regular season begins March 28 against the Royals.
Sanchez went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI in Saturday's spring game against the Rangers. Sanchez is seeing the ball well this spring as he is 8-for-21 with three walks in nine games. The 26-year-old has moved back to second base with Yoan Moncada taking over at third base to start the season for the White Sox.
Sanchez is expected to open the season as the White Sox's starting second baseman, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports. Sanchez and Yoan Moncada are expected to swap positions, with Moncada taking over at the hot corner and Sanchez covering second base -- at least until prospect Nick Madrigal is ready to debut. The 26-year-old has spent most of his time in the majors at the keystone, making 246 starts there, so he shouldn't have any issues with the transition.
Sanchez agreed to a one-year, $4.625 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Sanchez nearly doubled his salary from a season ago despite a slightly down year. He hit .242 with eight homers and 55 RBI in 2018 after finishing with a .267 average, 12 home runs and 59 RBI in 2017. The 26-year-old is set to begin the upcoming season as Chicago's starting third baseman.
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