Moises Sierra said Tuesday his focus in a fresh start with the White Sox is to become a more consistent hitter.
The outfielder, who was claimed off waivers on Saturday, was more upset with himself than surprised to learn he had been designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Sierra, who spent the two days in between in Toronto waiting to hear from another team, is 2-for-35 at the plate this season, including one hitless at-bat with the White Sox.
Sierra will get his first Tuesday after Adam Dunn was a late scratch with a bruised right calf.
“We’re going to work on consistency,” Sierra said through a translator. “My consistency at the plate is one of those things that haven’t been there. We’re going to work hard with the people here, the hitting coach, and whoever can help me. I’m willing to work.”
Sierra, who had a .290/.369/.458 slash line in 122 plate appearances for the Blue Jays last season, could get a chance with the White Sox, who are thin in the outfield because of injuries to Avisail Garcia and Adam Eaton. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Sierra, a right-handed hitter, could also start on Wednesday with Cubs lefty Travis Wood on the mound.
Ventura doesn’t know much but said he’s intrigued by the 25-year-old outfielder.
“In the past of seeing him, a lot of talent there that is probably yet to be, I don’t know if it’s discovered, but he hasn’t been able to show it yet,” Ventura said.
Sale feels good
Ventura and the club continue to be sketchy on the details but he said two-time All-Star Chris Sale feels good a day after a 40-pitch bullpen session. Sale’s favorable status would likely lend itself to another bullpen session in the near future but when that would take place Ventura isn’t saying.
“He’s alright,” Ventura said. “He feels good and just continue to keep going down that path. There’s no setback so you continue to just let him kind of go at his pace.
“He’s just progressing. I’m not sitting there planning a day for him. I know Coop’s doing most of that but there’s no setbacks. He’s on his way.”
Ramirez proud of latest honor
Alexei Ramirez singled with two outs in the 12th inning on Monday, the 1000th hit of his career. It’s the third significant honor for Ramirez already this season as he set a club record for hits before May 1 (40) and hitting streak to start the season (17 games).
“I’m very, very happy. That's a good accomplishment,” said Ramirez through White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. “I couldn't get to 1,000 hits in Cuba, and that was something I wanted to get to. It's good that I got it here.”