White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada has rejoined the club after a stint on the injured list, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Moncada had been on the IL since July 10. The reason for Moncada’s IL placement was not disclosed at the time, but he announced Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19 (via Merkin).
Right-hander Jose Ruiz, whom the White Sox placed on the IL alongside Moncada, has also returned. He’ll head to Schaumburg, Ill., to join Chicago’s taxi squad.
Manager Rick Renteria isn’t sure whether Moncada will have enough time to prepare himself for Opening Day on July 24, per James Fegan of The Athletic. The White Sox will make a decision on that in the next two or three days. Regardless, it’s welcome news for the White Sox and the sport that Moncada’s back to health. The 25-year-old broke out last season with a .315/.367/.548 line (141 wRC+), 25 home runs, 10 stolen bases and 5.7 fWAR in 559 plate appearances. If the White Sox are finally going to return to contention sometime soon, it stands to reason he’ll play a major role in their success.
The hard-throwing Ruiz, also 25, tossed 40 innings for Chicago in 2019, but he had trouble keeping opposing offenses at bay. All told, Ruiz registered a 5.63 ERA/5.36 FIP with 7.88 K/9 and 5.4 BB/9.