Yoan Moncada’s disabled list stint could be worse for his growth, not his health

CHICAGO As the Chicago White Sox begin a three-game weekend series with the Detroit Tigers, they do so without their prized second baseman Yoan Moncada.The 22-year Bill Melton Jersey -old Cuban, who was the prize in the Chris Sale trade with the Red Sox during the offseason, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday as he continues to deal with shin splints in his right leg.Moncada has been bothered with this i sue for mostof August. He sat out for two games of last weekend’s road series with the Rangers due to the pain and discomfort he’s been feeling, and was pulled out of Thursday night’s game against the Twins after aggravating the injury: Moncada slippedawkwardly as he was rounding third base.MORE: In other injury news, the Mets what else is new?After getting both an MRI and a blood test on Friday morning, the team felt it would be wise to put Moncada on the shelf for a few days and get him off of his feet. As he sat at his locker on Friday afternoon with an ice pack wrapped around his leg, he expre sed his disappointment at not being in the lineup.I don’t like Ozzie Guillen Jersey to be injured, said Moncada through a translator. No one likes to be on the (disabled list). But I can’t do anything about it. If it’s the best thing for me, then I have to rest.It may be the smart thing to do, but it may also hurt his development. Moncada does have a few clutch hits and highlight-reel plays since being called up from Triple A Charlotteon July 19, but he boasts a paltryslash line of .188/.328/.356 with just three home runs, 11 RBI, one stolen base, 13 runs scoredand an OPS of .684. Sitting out for at least a week won’t help his continued adjustment to the big leagues, especially since he’s been an everyday player since arriving in Chicago.Last year I didn’t have the opportunity to play every day as a hitter. That’s basically the difference, Moncada said when asked about how sitting out now compares to when he did so in the Red Sox system.When you’re a young player like Moncada who’s adjusting to a somewhat full season in the big leagues, playing timeiskey. Playing timeisespecially important when your numbers don’t reflect your talents and abilities. Even though the White Sox are in rebuild mode, Moncada is a cornerstone of that proce s, and being on the disabled list will slow down that proce s to some degree.The results haven’t been as good as I expected, said Moncada about his performance at the big league level. Now I’m just trying to keep my focus on my learning proce s and to be prepared for next year, he added.Thankfully, the results of the Friday morning’s tests didn’t reveal any broken bones. Nothing serious, just a contusion, is what Moncada revealed in addition to the shin splints.MORE: How Chris Taylor became the Dodgers’ out-of-nowhere starWhile Moncada is still a developing player, he’s popular in the clubhouse and has earned the respect of his teammates and White Sox fans. His presence in the lineup will still be mi sed. The Sox are hopeful to have him back within the 10-day timetable but the team won’ Avisail Garcia Jersey t rush the proce s.For now it’s just going to be the 10 days, it depends on how the rehabilitation is going, he said.Perhaps some rest will rejuvenate Moncada when he returns.

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