Back at Guaranteed Rate Field after struggling through a 2-8 road trip out of the All-Star break, the Chicago White Sox could use some comfort.
It appears to be coming -- in doses, anyway.
While shortstop Tim Anderson remains on the injured list with a high right ankle sprain he sustained on June 25, the White Sox expect to put Anderson through an extensive workout before Monday night's interleague game against the Miami Marlins, which begins a season-long, 10-game homestand.
"He's doing very, very well," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said on Sunday. "We're going to put him heavily through the wringer on Monday at home, with everything -- running the bases, hitting, obviously all the fielding that he's doing -- (being) seen. We'll evaluate it, and hopefully we're in a position where he'll be out on (rehab assignment)."
Anderson ran the bases before each game of Chicago's weekend series at Tampa Bay after recently beginning fielding and hitting drills. The White Sox would welcome his return, to be sure. Anderson was hitting .317 with 11 home runs, 37 RBIs and 15 stolen bases before the injury.
"He really takes a lot of joy in competing and having that edge for us on the field," Renteria said. "It's like anybody who loves to play the game."
Miami was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game weekend series to start a six-game road trip. Although the Dodgers routed the Marlins 9-0 in Sunday's series finale, Miami touted its resilience in the middle game. Trailing 6-0 on Saturday, the Marlins tied it before late bullpen struggles ultimately put things out of reach.
"That's the kind of team we are," Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson said. "We're not gonna take any innings off. We're gonna keep fighting until the end."
Right-hander Ivan Nova (4-9, 5.86 ERA) is set to start for the White Sox, making his first appearance at Guaranteed Rate Field since defeating the Chicago Cubs on July 7 for his first home victory of the season. Nova is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in two starts covering 10 2/3 innings since, but Chicago can take solace in his sterling career numbers against the Marlins.
Nova enters Monday's game with 4-0 record and 0.98 ERA in four starts against Miami, scattering three runs and 13 hits in 27 2/3 innings. It will be his first appearance against the Marlins this season.
Righty Trevor Richards (3-11, 4.24 ERA) will get the call for Miami as he seeks his first victory since June 2, having lost six of his last seven starts. Richards, who was born in Aviston, Ill., a small community in southwestern Illinois about 35 miles east of St. Louis, hasn't faced the White Sox in his career.
Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas is day-to-day after sustaining a right shoulder strain and leaving in the fifth inning of Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.
He was out of the lineup Sunday in what Miami manager Don Mattingly called a precautionary move.
"He's all right today," Mattingly said Sunday. "We're just giving him a day to let this thing settle down. I think he'll be fine. We'll see how it goes."
--Field Level Media