short stop Tim Anderson
left the team’s victory over the Royals on Friday with a pain in his right hip, the club said. The defending AL batting champion is on a day-to-day basis, and the White Sox will reassess him on Saturday, manager Rick Renteria told James Fegan of The Athletic and other reporters. Anderson had a multi-shot game on Friday, chasing a formidable start in which he cut .333 / .355 / .567 in 31 appearances on the field. Chicago replaced it with a utility Leury Garcia
- Geais bleus lifter Ken Giles went on the injured list on July 27 with strain on his right forearm, but the team is “Very optimistic” he will return this season, according to general manager Ross Atkins (via Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic). After getting a second opinion on the injury, Giles was injected with platelet-rich plasma. Not only would his return boost the Blue Jays in their efforts to secure a playoff berth, it would be an advantage for Giles as he prepares for a free agency trip in a few months. The 29-year-old was absolutely dominant despite being healthy enough to pitch in 2019, but arm issues have troubled him since last summer.
- Pitching has been a problem for the Red Sox early this season, but two of their pitchers are on their way back to the COVID-19 injured list. Left-handed Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor could join the Red Sox sometime next week, writes Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. Hernandez, 23, first reached the majors last season and knocked out a ridiculous 16.91 batters for nine in 30 1/3 innings, though a horrific 7.71 BB / 9 contributed to a ERA below average of 4.45. Taylor, 27, landed a FIP of 3.04 ERA / 3.11 with 11.79 K / 9 and 3.04 BB / 9 in 47 1/3 frames as a rookie.
- Ryan Lewis of Ohio.com relayed updates on a trio of injured Indians on Friday. Recipient Roberto Perez, which the Indians placed on IL this week with a right shoulder problem, has seen improvement. The club will reassess him on Tuesday. Voltigeur Tyler Naquin, on IL since last weekend with a broken toe, began the sprint. And another outfielder Delino DeShields, an off-season acquisition that still hasn’t debuted in Cleveland due to a positive COVID-19 test, played 4 1/2 innings of rehab on Friday. It’s unclear when either of them will be ready to join the Indians, however.