Sanchez is out of the lineup against Texas on Friday. Sanchez will receive a standard day off following four straight starts, including an 0-for-4 showing during Thursday's series opener. In his place, Matt Davidson will start at third base and bat in the cleanup spot.
The White Sox are exploring the possibility of Sanchez playing the outfield, Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Manager Rick Renteria said the experiment is in its "infant stages," but he feels Sanchez, who has been the team's primary third baseman this season, is athletic enough to handle a new position. Whether Sanchez gets enough starts to qualify as an outfielder in 2019 depends on how quickly he adapts to the nuances of moving from the infield to the outfield.
Sanchez started at shortstop and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates. This was his first start at short this season and just the 10th career start at the position for Sanchez, who has eligibility this season at second and third base. So far in 2018, he's played four games at second and 31 at third base. With Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson at the keystone presumably for the next few years, there will only be fill-in opportunities for Sanchez in the middle infield, putting him in a position to qualify only at third in 2019. He's been a pesky hitter for the White Sox, but he doesn't carry the power bat traditionally found at corner infield.
Sanchez is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Saturday. Sanchez will retreat to the pine after starting eight straight games, hitting an impressive .400 with a 1.000 OPS during that span. In his place, Matt Davidson will get a start at third base versus left-hander Jon Lester. Expect Sanchez back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Sanchez went 3-for-5 with his fourth triple, an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 10-6 loss to the Tigers. The four triples tie him for the league lead along with the Pirates' Starling Marte. Since getting a day off last week, Sanchez has been en fuego, hitting in six straight contests (.462, 12-for-26) and pushing his average to a team-high .306 for the season. He's getting consistent at-bats as the White Sox's everyday third baseman and has been moved up in the order, having hit leadoff, second or third over the last 13 games. There isn't much at the advanced level of the minors to challenge him at third base, so Sanchez's job should be safe this season on the rebuilding White Sox.
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