CLEVELAND -- Alex Rios left Tuesday’s game early after he fouled a pitch off his left foot.
The White Sox outfielder, who has been the focus of a number of trade rumors for the entire month of July, exited in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game, less than 24 hours before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
Rios stayed on the field for a minute before he limped off it with athletic trainer Herm Schneider at his side.
“It was very sore right after I hit it when I stride and stepped to swing at the next pitch, it was really sore when I turned my foot,” Rios said. “But I don’t think there’s anything major or even if I’m going to miss any time. I’m going to get some X-rays now and it should be OK hopefully.”
Rios entered Tuesday’s game with a .272 average, 12 homers, 49 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.
Early Tuesday he was the subject of two rumors as the Pittsburgh Pirates were said to be close to a deal for Rios and the New York Yankees’ interest was reported to have been rekindled.
Rios admits the ongoing talks have become hard for him to ignore.
“If it’s going to make a team better, you have to let it happen,” Rios said. “That’s my attitude right now. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. If not, I’ll stay put but whatever.”