Manager Tony La Russa said Thursday that Moncada (arm) could play third base as early as Sunday or Monday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Moncada has been limited early in camp due to arm soreness, but the team hasn't expressed much concern regarding the issue. While La Russa said that the White Sox could elect to keep him sidelined to begin Cactus League play, he should resume throwing soon.
Moncada's throwing has been limited thus far in camp due to arm soreness, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. While it would certainly be preferable for Moncada to show up to camp without an injury, the White Sox don't seem overly concerned about this particular issue, framing it as simply an effort to err on the side of caution as it's still February. Moncada should have plenty of time to get up to speed by the start of the regular season unless the arm issue develops into something more serious.
Moncada went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-5 win over the Cubs. The long ball was his first since Aug. 17. Moncada has been open about his struggles with the lingering effects of having COVID-19 in July, but he told James Fegan of The Athletic that "it's improving" and that his energy level has been up the last two weeks.
Moncada is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds. Yolmer Sanchez will take over at third base and bat ninth against right-hander Michael Lorenzen. Moncada had a triple in Saturday's game, ending a five-game hitless slide. The 25-year-old has a .192/.306/.269 line in the month of September; it seems he's still not feeling back to full strength after his bout with COVID-19 earlier this year.
Moncada went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI in Sunday's 5-2 win over Detroit. Moncada got the White Sox on the board with his RBI double in the second inning. The 25-year-old has three multi-hit performances in the last four games, bringing his average from .237 to .258 during that span.