Moncada not fretting slow start for Sox
Coming out of spring training, Yoan Moncada was all good.
The White Sox's third baseman was feeling just fine physically after a tough bout with COVID-19 last season.
Moncada was equally at ease in the batter's box, going 4-for-12 with a double, triple and home run over his final four Cactus League games.
"I'm happy because I'm feeling good and I'm healthy," Moncada said through a translator. "I know if I'm healthy I can play this game and I can do a lot of things. I think that's what matters for me right now. I'm feeling good and just ready for the season to start."
Moncada was solid in the season opener, going 2-for-3 against the Angels Thursday night. The next game, he as 0-for-5 with 5 strikeouts before going 0-for-3 with a strikeout Saturday night.
It is way too early for Moncada to be concerned.
"I feel really good," he said. "Maybe not at 100 percent, but I'm going to be good. My rhythm, my timing a little, but it'll be back. It's coming back."
In addition to making the normal adjustments with the bat as he eases in, Moncada also has to adapt to hitting out of the cleanup spot after spending most of his time with the Sox batting leadoff and No. 2.
"I feel good hitting as the cleanup hitter," Moncada said. "I was there in 2019 for a few games. I think I feel good in any spot of the lineup that they need me. I'll just go out and try to do my job."