(Audacy) Don’t think the Chicago White Sox aren’t hustling. Some of them have just been instructed not to go all out on the bases on routine plays.
Manager Tony La Russa revealed Saturday that due to the significant amount of injuries the team is dealing with, some of their banged-up players were told by the training staff to slow it down on routine plays in order to prevent even more injury.
“As long as the fans understand it, they’re not lazy, but their legs are important,” La Russa told reporters.
The White Sox currently have 10 players on the injured list, and the instructions to slow it down are catered toward some of the stars of the team. Shortstop Tim Anderson — who returned from a groin injury last week — first baseman Jose Abreu, center fielder Luis Robert, outfielder Andrew Vaughn and outfielder AJ Pollock are under orders to take it easier on the bases on routine plays, James Fegan of the Athletic reported.
Chicago entered Sunday having lost four straight while sitting 5.5 games behind the AL Central-leading Twins.