3:05pm: The White Sox have now officially announced these moves.
2:40pm: The White Sox are going to place third baseman Yoán Moncada on the injured list, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Infielder Zach Remillard will have his contract selected to take Moncada’s place on the active roster. Remillard isn’t currently on the 40-man but the club has a couple of vacancies there and won’t need to make another corresponding move.
Moncada sat out yesterday’s game due to an ongoing back issue that has been bothering him this year, caused by a protruding disc touching a nerve. He already missed close to a month of this season, landing on the IL in mid-April and returning in mid-May. He was hitting .308/.325/.564 through his first nine games but has slashed just .202/.262/.293 since returning from that IL stint. Now that he’s going back on the shelf, it seems fair to wonder if it’s continued bothering him for the past month.
At this point, it’s unclear how long he’ll be out or what the next steps will be, but it’s likely that Jake Burger will take over at the hot corner. He was able to take advantage of extra playing time at third when Moncada first when on the IL and is now hitting .250/.299/.600 for the year. He’s striking out in 31.6% of his plate appearances but has 15 home runs in 50 games. Since Moncada came off the injured list, he’s been spending some time as the designated hitter and even got some brief looks at first and second base. But with Andrew Vaughn the primary option at first and Elvis Andrus at second, the newly-opened third base spot is a more natural fit for him.
The Sox will give themselves an extra bench option by selecting Remillard, with the 29-year-old now finding himself on a major league roster for the first time. A 10th round pick of the Sox back in 2016, he has been climbing the rungs of the minor league ladder since then. He reached free agency after 2022 but re-signed with the Sox on a minor league deal. He was first promoted to Triple-A in May of 2021 and has played 272 games at that level. His 1,047 plate appearances there have resulted in a .244/.340/.376 batting line. He also stole 42 bases in that time while playing all seven of the non-battery positions in the field, which should allow him to serve as a versatile bench piece for the Sox. He’ll be making his major league debut as soon as he gets into a game.