Prior to Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa provided updates on two players who have been on the shelf since the start of the season. According to La Russa, both Joe Kelly and Yoan Moncada are set to begin rehab assignments. Both players will report to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights this Friday.
Yoan Moncada, who has been on the IL while dealing with a strained oblique suffered in Spring Training, took batting practice for the first time Tuesday. Moncada is still reportedly feeling lingering effects of the oblique issue while swinging left-handed. However, it is good news for the White Sox that he is apparently feeling well enough to head out on a rehab assignment.
Joe Kelly, who was an offseason acquisition, has been on the mend for a while dealing with a nerve injury. It was reported last week that Kelly was nearing a return. The timeline provided by GM Rick Hahn for a late April rehab stint seems to still be on track, if not confirmed by La Russa’s update today. Barring any setbacks, an early to mid-May return seems reasonable for Kelly.
Getting both Joe Kelly and Yoan Moncada healthy and back with the big league ball club will be a major boost for the struggling White Sox. After starting the season 6-2, the team has dropped the last eight games in a row and has been battered by injuries at an alarming rate.
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