The Chicago White Sox continued to get hit hard on the injury front Thursday with the news infielder Danny Mendick suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during an outfield collision Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Mendick was placed on the 10-day IL along with Adam Engel, who suffered a strained right hamstring one inning after Mendick went down.
The Sox on Thursday recalled first baseman/outfielder Gavin Sheets from Triple-A Charlotte, and selected the contract of Double-A infielder Lenyn Sosa. Eloy Jiménez was transferred to the 60-day IL and was eligible to be reinstated as early as Thursday. Jiménez is rehabbing at Charlotte.
Engel’s injury was not considered severe, but the loss of Mendick for at least the rest of the season is another crushing blow to the Sox, who’ve suffered a string of injuries since Garrett Crochet and Lance Lynn went down during spring training.
Mendick, 28, was hitting .289 with 15 RBIs in 31 games, earning more playing time from manager Tony La Russa and respect from Sox fans for his gritty play.
The left-handed hitting Sheets batted .270 with two home runs in nine games at Charlotte after being demoted June 10. He hit .204 in his first stint with the Sox this season, regressing from last year’s promising rookie season.
Sosa, 22, can play short, second or third, and has been one of the Sox’s top prospects this season. He led the Southern League Thursday with a .331 average, 85 hits and 48 RBIs, while posting a .933 OPS at Double-A Birmingham. The Venezuelan infielder, signed as an international free agent in 2016, was set to make his major-league debut and wear No. 50.
The Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles Thursday in the start of a four-game series.