Two weeks after he was hit by a pitch from Angels reliever Mike Mayers, sending him to the disabled list with a bruised right hand, Andrew Vaughn returned to the White Sox on Friday.
Vaughn played in two rehab games for Class AAA Charlotte. He went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and was activated off the disabled list after hitting 2 home runs Thursday night against Indianapolis.
“The first day I told everyone I was testing it, just to see if it still worked,” Vaughn said. “It felt really good. The next day I stuck to my guns and kept playing baseball.”
Flying back from Charlotte on Friday and stuck in traffic on his way back to Guaranteed Rate Field, Vaughn was left out of the starting lineup. He is expected to return on Saturday and Sunday against the Yankees.
“If we were under a lot of pressure, he could play, but we couldn’t,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We have a good lineup. It makes sense to give (Vaughn) a good workout, let him come off the bench if we need to.”
The Sox offense has been banged up and inconsistent all season. Before the injury, Vaughn was one of the few bright spots with a .283/.367/.566 batting line with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs in 16 games.
“When you’re injured, you’re trying to get back as fast as possible, but you can’t really rush things,” said Vaughn, the Sox’s 2019 first-round draft pick (No. 3 overall) out of Cal. So I took my time and did it right. It’s a bruise on the bone. I’ll feel it for a while. It’ll hurt, but I have to get over it.”
Giolito on the COVID list:
The White Sox placed starting pitcher Lucas Giolito on the COVID-19-related injured list on Friday.
Giolito started experiencing symptoms on Wednesday, but they are mild.
“Nothing that hit him in the butt,” manager Tony La Russa said. “He’s feeling good. Have the guys take a day off and get better.”
Giolito was not scheduled to pitch in the four-game series against the Yankees, but was scheduled to start against the Royals in Kansas City on Monday.
If he’s not ready for that game, the Sox expect Giolito to pitch against the Royals on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
“I think we’re going to be fine, but just a heads up, a reminder to be careful,” La Russa said. “If you’re careful, things will hopefully work out.”