Sanchez went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Kansas City. Sanchez, who had one hit in his first 24 at-bats, has been teetering on losing his starting spot, but manager Rick Renteria has stuck by the infielder. While he still has a way to go, Sanchez has gone 5-for-18 with two doubles and four runs over the last six games. The switch-hitting Sanchez has been platooning, sitting out against left-handers, but he could regain a full-time role if the bat continues to show life.
Sanchez went 0-for-2 and made a crucial error in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Yankees. Sanchez, who opened the game on the bench against left-hander CC Sabathia, came on as a pinch hitter for Jose Rondon and finished up at second base. His misplay of a potential double-play groundball set the stage for New York's three-run seventh inning. The error was his team-high fourth in just 10 games. That shoddy defense, along with his .094 batting average, may eventually cost Sanchez his starting gig. Manager Rick Renteria told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times that Sanchez is "pressing a little bit" but will start the series finale Sunday.
Sanchez sits for the second straight game Saturday against the Yankees. Sanchez started the first five games of the season but has gotten the call for just three of the last eight, with Jose Rondon starting ahead of him on each occasion. That could be a product of Sanchez's 3-for-30 batting line, but each time he's sat has come against a lefty, so the pair will apparently be in a true platoon situation moving forward.
Sanchez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. For the third time in four days, the White Sox will face off against a left-handed starting pitcher (Blake Snell), resulting in Sanchez moving to the bench. Platoon mate Jose Rondon will fill in for Sanchez at second base and will bat seventh for the White Sox.
Sanchez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners. Sanchez is a switch hitter, but he's been far more effective against righties (.244/.297/.376 line, 83 wRC+) than lefties (.224/.270/.320, 60 wRC+) throughout his career. As a result, it's not too surprising he'll take a seat against southpaw Wade LeBlanc, with Jose Rondon getting the nod at second base in Sanchez's stead.
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