CLEVELAND — With both Alexei Ramirez and Adam Eaton likely out of Sunday’s lineup, the White Sox will promote a position player, suspected to be Carlos Sanchez.
Shortly after Saturday’s 6-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians, the White Sox sent pitcher Andre Rienzo back to Triple-A Charlotte to make room that became necessary when Ramirez left the game with a sore lower back.
While Ramirez isn’t concerned he’ll miss Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Minneapolis, the White Sox aren’t as certain about his availability on Sunday, and manager Robin Ventura said the team would call up a position player.
“We’ll see how (Ramirez) is tomorrow,” Ventura said. “He’s moving around right now enough. It grabbed him in the middle of the game.
“I don’t know about (Sunday) and Tuesday. We’ll see how it goes. Usually he’s pretty good about stuff like this.
“We are a little short position player wise.”
Sanchez is the only position player on the team’s 40-man roster that wasn’t in Charlotte’s lineup on Saturday.
Marcus Semien, Jordan Danks and Matt Davidson all started for the Knights. Micah Johnson, who isn’t on the 40-man roster, is in Minneapolis to appear in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.
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Sanchez, 22, went 7-for-13 with four RBIs for the White Sox this spring. He has a .291/.352/.405 slash line with five homers and 42 RBIs in 401 plate appearances this season at Charlotte.
Ramirez said his back bothered him all game long, particularly during a fourth-inning plate appearance. Ventura said Ramirez reacted poorly to a swing before he drew a leadoff walk and was replaced by outfielder Moises Sierra at first.
A first-time All Star, Ramirez sounds confident he won’t be sidelined for Tuesday’s exhibition.
“I went to sit down and get something to eat, and I felt something pop,” Ramirez said through a translator. “It was almost like a spasm, and then it bothered me the whole game. When I took a swing on that particular at-bat, when I got out of it, it wasn’t feeling good at all. But it was almost like a spasm.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a major thing. I think I should be ready for Tuesday to play in the game. I don’t feel like I should be out of it. I feel OK.”
The White Sox also suspect Eaton will be OK by Friday, when the team plays in its first post-All-Star break contest. Eaton is available if needed, Ventura said. But the White Sox want to give him six straight days to rest a laundry list of ailments, including a jammed left wrist and a sore right ankle.