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AL Central Notes: Anderson, Buxton, E-Rod, Manning

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In the first 824 games of his major league career, Tim Anderson Played almost exclusively as a shortstop and played as a DH for a few days. But Anderson started second base in two straight games as a way to get the veteran to start. white socks He joined the lineup despite remaining pain in his right throwing shoulder. Sox manager Pedro Grifol said: Scott Markin of MLB.com And other reporters said,all intentions [Anderson] to return to shortstopUltimately, he revealed that the club routinely monitors Anderson’s shoulder.

Considering Chicago’s 33-45 record, it can’t be ruled out that Anderson’s temporary move to Keystone could serve as a showcase for interested trading partners. By most published defensive metrics, Anderson has had below-average glovework as a shortstop the past two seasons, and as Anderson (who turned 30 two days ago) progresses his career, he’s finally showing up. may need to move to second base. Teams questioning Anderson’s shortstop defense may be more keen to use him as a second baseman, and both positions given how the club values ​​a versatile player. The ability to move back and forth may also increase the former All-Star’s trade value. That said, Anderson is more offensive than defensive at this point, as he’s struggling with a .241/.279/.282 batting average in 229 at-bats while sitting off the disabled list for about three weeks with a sprained left knee. is a matter of great concern. . The White Sox have a $14 million club option for his services in 2024, making 2023 the final guaranteed year of Anderson’s contract.

From around Central, Alabama and beyond….

  • Byron Buxton He withdrew from yesterday’s game because of a back spasm he suffered while trying to hit a grounder to first base. twins manager Rocco Baldelli Said MLB.com’s Park Do Hyun And other reporters said Buxton had been plagued with back problems for much of the season and was awaiting further evaluation, but Buxton said:I’m already feeling a little better” he said after the game. Buxton has been a dominant DH this season, and a persistent back problem, along with a surgically repaired right knee that still causes problems for Buxton, has taken him out of his normal midfield position.
  • Eduardo Rodriguez He threw 50 pitches during Saturday’s live bullpen session and told reporters afterwards ( Chris McCosky of the Detroit News) or “Everything was perfect – sensually, physically, shoulders, fingersRodriguez was placed on a 15-day IL just over a month ago with a ruptured left index finger pulley, and the unusual nature of the injury has made it somewhat difficult to establish an exact schedule for his return. But Makoski notes that Rodriguez certainly appears to be on pace for a comeback. tigers Rotation before All-Star break, manager AJ Hinch The player said left-handers need to start rehab at least once before they can play from the IL. Rodriguez has an outstanding 2.13 ERA in 67 2/3 innings pitched for Detroit this season, so he could be an important piece for the Tigers as they continue to battle for the AL Central. If so, it could be a deadline trade chip if the Tigers go into seller mode.
  • in other tigers news, Matt Manning It will be activated from 60-day IL during Detroit’s upcoming series with the Rangers. Hinch told reporters (including). Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic) The Tigers are also considering whether to start Manning, so the club has yet to decide whether to start Manning on Tuesday or Thursday. Reese Olson additional rest days. Manning has been sidelined since his second start of the season with a bruise and a broken right leg. Alejandro Kirk The returnee goes to the mound.

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