NEW YORK — Carlos Sanchez doesn’t want to overthink things even though he’s the first face on the scene after the White Sox traded Gordon Beckham.
Sanchez said Friday he’s focused on anything but the big picture a day after general manager Rick Hahn said the trade of Beckham was intended to clear a path for several prospects, including the Venezuelan infielder. Sanchez and Marcus Semien should see consistent playing time for at least the next month and Micah Johnson, who is out for the season with a strained hamstring, is expected to challenge for the starting job next spring.
“I’m just very thankful about the opportunity,” Sanchez said through a translator. “I’m going to take advantage of it and go from there.”
Sanchez debuted earlier this season in Cleveland when he played a game after Alexei Ramirez sustained an injury right before the All-Star break. Even though he finished 0-for-5 and made an error, Sanchez calls it a good experience because he knows he has to eliminate “small mistakes.”
At the time, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the rookie was simply trying to do too much. Ventura believes that Sanchez will be more comfortable at second base than he was at shortstop in his July 13 debut.
“He’s just gonna play,” Ventura said. “He’s had a lot of potential the last couple of years. This is an opportunity for him that a lot of guys would be excited about. I know he is and we’ll see what happens from here on out. For a guy who has had a pretty impressive minor-league stretch, you give him the opportunity to let him go play. He has a lot of tools that are major league ready.”
Torre to be honored, not admonished
The Yankees are hosting Joe Torre Day on Saturday and Ventura joked that he promises to be on his best behavior in regard to his former manager. Ventura has recently taken issue with the rule concerning plate collisions, one that Torre has championed, and received a fine after an outburst in San Francisco earlier this month.
But Ventura doesn’t intend to talk about anything but good times with Torre, who was his manager in 2002 and 2003.
“I have a strict no suspensions or fines (rule) while I’m here on Saturday,” Ventura said. “We’re just talking regular stuff. I feel lucky that I’m here to see it. I admire him, I enjoyed my time playing for him, I think he’s a great person and he deserves this.”
Guerra to return Saturday
Javy Guerra should be reinstated on Saturday from the bereavement list, Ventura said. Guerra left the White Sox on Aug. 15 to return home after the death of his sister. Ventura said the right-hander hadn’t thrown during the time off and needed a day to regroup.