Chicago White Sox infielder Danny Mendick suffers a torn ACL

Chicago White Sox infielder Danny Mendick suffers a torn ACL

CHICAGO — White Sox utility Danny Mendick will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and outfielder Adam Engel heads to the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring, the team said Thursday.

Mendick was playing shortstop when he collided with left fielder Adam Haseley on a popping foul in Wednesday’s 9-5 loss to Toronto. He will need surgery, although no date has been set.

Mendick was on crutches at the White Sox clubhouse on Thursday and said he expects to be ready for spring training in February. He hit .289 with three homers and 15 RBIs and a .786 OPS in 31 games.

Engel strained his hamstrings in the third set on Wednesday. He’s had a similar injury before and said on Thursday it didn’t seem particularly serious.

The White Sox have recalled infielder/outfielder Gavin Sheets from Triple-A Charlotte and selected infielder Lenyn Sosa from Double-A Birmingham to fill vacancies on their battered roster. Sheets was scheduled to start in right field Thursday night as Chicago opened a four-game series with Baltimore.

Sosa, 22, is hitting .331 with 14 home runs, 48 ​​RBIs and a .933 OPS in 62 games for Birmingham this season.

AL Central champions last season, the White Sox entered Thursday at 33-34 and in third place.

Chicago also traded outfielder Eloy Jimenez to the 60-day IL. Jimenez, out since April 24 with a torn right hamstring tendon, is in rehab with Charlotte.

Central defender Luis Robert was dropped from the starting line-up on Thursday to rest from an unspecified injury. Manager Tony La Russa said he hoped Robert would be available on Friday. First baseman Jose Abreu was once again relegated to designated hitter due to a hip problem.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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