Left quad strain sidelines Chicago White Sox’s Bryan Ramos, plus other roster moves and a Luis Robert Jr. update

NEW YORK — Bryan Ramos talked to infield coach Eddie Rodríguez near the third-base foul line at Yankee Stadium while his Chicago White Sox teammates took ground balls ahead of Friday’s series opener against the New York Yankees.

The sidelined third baseman took it all in.

“You’ve got to keep learning,” Ramos said Friday. “This sport, you can learn something new every day. Watching those guys doing daily work, you can pick some from each guy. Just watching and keep trying to get better in my game.”

Ramos was in watching mode after landing on the 10-day injured list with a left quad strain.

He suffered the injury in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Guaranteed Rate Field, running from first to third on a fifth-inning single by Nicky Lopez.

Ramos has made an impact since being called up from Double-A Birmingham on May 4, slashing .281/.294/.344 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs in his first 10 major-league games.

“At this point the only thing I want to do is keep playing the game — now, I’m in this position,” Ramos said. “This is the game, you never know what’s going to happen.”

The IL stint is retroactive to Wednesday.

“He wasn’t 100%, he wasn’t close to it, probably 70%,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “At this time we just couldn’t go short so err on the side of caution on his end and make sure we’re covered correctly.”

Ramos said he’s feeling “pretty good.”

“It’s getting there,” Ramos said. “I’m doing treatment and stuff. Hopefully I’m going to be back pretty soon.”

The Sox made three other roster moves before Friday’s game, recalling outfielder Corey Julks from Triple-A Charlotte, reinstating infielder Danny Mendick from the 10-day injured list and optioning infielder Braden Shewmake to Charlotte.

The Sox acquired Julks in a trade on Wednesday with the Houston Astros in exchange for pitcher Luis Rodríguez.

“I was blessed and thankful for the new opportunity,” Julks said. “Definitely happy about it. It means a lot. Just get a fresh start. Just to go out and show what I can do.”

The 28-year-old spent most of 2023 with the Astros, batting .245 with 14 doubles, six home runs, 33 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 93 games. Four of his six home runs came against All-Star pitchers, including Shohei Ohtani and Corbin Burnes.

“Those are definitely special moments last year,” Julks said. “Trying to do more this year.”

He is slashing .269/.358/.444 with eight doubles, five home runs, 15 RBIs, 26 runs, 20 walks and six stolen bases in 33 games between Charlotte and Houston’s Triple-A affiliate Sugarland this season.

“(Charlotte manager Justin) Jirsch said the ball sounds a little different coming off his bat,” Grifol said. “He’s athletic. Looking forward to having him here as part of our lineup.”

Julks was in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth. He was one spot in the order ahead of Mendick, who returns to the Sox after playing two rehab games with the Knights.

Mendick went on the injured list on May 4 with lower back tightness. He is slashing .256/.293/.410 with three doubles, one home run and three RBIs in 10 games with the Sox this season.

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Grifol said Mendick has played “Really good defense, plays to win every day, handles the bat really well, does all the little things fundamentally to help you win games.”

Shewmake is batting .125 with one home run, four RBIs and four runs in 29 games.

“I think Shewmake has a lot of talent, I think he’s a hell of a player, he has to go down there and play consistently,” Grifol said. “He’s a part of the future here but he needs to go get some consistent (at-bats) and he needs to work on his swing, getting back to where he’s comfortable at the plate and see where it goes.

“He’s a talented kid. Just go play.”

The Sox are holding off on playing Luis Robert Jr. in any games this weekend with the organization’s Arizona complex team. The center fielder is in Arizona, working his way back from a right hip flexor strain. The team had been looking for Robert to run at 90% ahead of getting him in games, first in Arizona and then with an affiliate.

“I think he was up to 80% yesterday running,” Grifol said. “So we have to take the next step, then hopefully early next week he’ll get in some games in Arizona.

“There was hope he’d get in some games at the end of this week but we’re not going to push it. Just a couple of days. We’ll try to get him in some games at the beginning of next week.”