Anderson, Encarnacion close to returning from injuries

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson watches his ball after hitting a double in the ninth inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Chicago won 4-0.

    Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson watches his ball after hitting a double in the ninth inning in a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Chicago won 4-0.

 
 
Updated 8/10/2020 9:51 PM

There is little doubt the White Sox have been lacking offense, and energy, over the past week.

Tim Anderson is a proven supplier of both, and the Sox hope to have the American League's 2019 batting champion back in the lineup Tuesday night at Detroit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Anderson has been out since Aug. 1 with a strained groin, but he has been feeling good and started working out in Schaumburg late last week.

Another injured bat, Edwin Encarnacion, could also return Tuesday. The veteran designated hitter has been out since Aug. 4, when he hurt his left shoulder at Milwaukee.

Take a break:

After going 3-for-20 and striking out nine times in his last five games, Luis Robert was not in the White Sox's starting lineup Monday night.

"You've heard me say it before, it's a little easier when a guy is kind of removing himself from the whole process in terms of playing in a game," manager Rick Renteria said. "They're able to watch, see their teammates, kind of take it in, in a more relaxed fashion, things that are going on. They get to study their teammates, they get to study the opponents, you learn a lot from actually observing."

Robert did pinch-hit in the eighth inning and flied out to left field swinging on the first pitch.

Renteria said another slumping Sox hitter, most likely Eloy Jimenez, will take a seat in the dugout over the next day or two.

Jimenez singled against Detroit in the sixth inning, snapping an 0-for-22 slump.

Cooper out:

Pitching coach Don Cooper is not with the White Sox in Detroit.

He is scheduled to have an arthroscopic knee procedure Tuesday and rejoin the Sox when they are scheduled to open a homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Bullpen coach Curt Hasler is replacing Cooper and minor-league catching coordinator John Orton is filling in for Hasler.

Around the horn:

The Mariners claimed Sox relief pitcher Brady Lail off waivers and added him to the 40-man roster. Lail will either join Seattle or be sent to its training site in Tacoma. In his lone appearance for the White Sox, Lail allowed 2 hits in 1⅓ scoreless innings Thursday vs. Milwaukee ... Saturday's Sox's game against the Cardinals originally scheduled for 1:10 p.m. has been moved to 6:10 p.m.

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