White Sox’ Yoán Moncada, Joe Kelly begin rehab assignments Friday

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White Sox' Moncada, Kelly to begin rehab assignments originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox have been hit hard by injuries in the early weeks this season, but Wednesday brought encouraging news for them on that front.

Third baseman Yoán Moncada and reliever Joe Kelly will begin rehab stints with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

"I'm excited," Moncada said through interpreter Billy Russo. "I'm excited to be able to start playing again. I was wishing for that for several weeks."

Moncada opened the season on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He said he still slightly feels it on his swing from the left side but overall feels “much better.”

“I don't feel anything when I’m fielding and just a little bit when I hit,” Moncada said. “So it's not a big deal right now.”

Moncada took batting practice for the first time Tuesday and said he has not yet seen live pitching, though he has worked in the cage.

Kelly (right biceps nerve injury) also began the season on the IL. He didn’t make a spring training appearance but has made a couple of appearances in Arizona, general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday.

In both cases, the White Sox aren’t going to rush things and will let Moncada and Kelly take the time they need before they join the big-league club.

“It’s always a mistake to bring a guy to the big leagues before he’s ready," La Russa said. "Because he’s going to struggle and then he’s got to get out of the struggle,” La Russa said.

“It’s better to come in here ready to play.”

But whenever they return, Moncada and Kelly will be welcomed boosts for the White Sox, who entered Wednesday on an eight-game losing streak, their longest since June 2018.

"That's some important health coming," La Russa said. "Got to win some games between now and then, though."

Eloy Jiménez went on the injured list Tuesday after undergoing surgery for a torn hamstring tendon, and Lucas Giolito and AJ Pollock recently returned from the IL.

Luis Robert (groin) has not played since Thursday and still felt some discomfort Tuesday when moving side to side, La Russa said.

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