Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson hasn’t had the greatest week.
Knocked down in his fight Saturday with Cleveland Guardians star José Ramírez. Mocked on Twitter in a viral video of the fight. Suspended for six games and fined $20,000 by MLB on Monday for starting the brawl.
And then plunked on the left arm by New York Yankees starter Gerrit Cole on Monday night, forcing him to leave a 5-1 Sox win with a bruised left forearm.
Hit by Cole in the third inning, Anderson appeared to be in considerable pain as he headed to first base. But he continued playing, taking a called third strike in the fifth in his next at-bat.
Manager Charlie Montoyo — subbing for Pedro Grifol, who was suspended for one game for his role in the brawl — sent Zach Remillard to pinch-hit for Anderson in the eighth.
Field coordinator Mike Tosar, subbing for Montoyo in the postgame briefing because Montoyo preferred not to speak, said Anderson’s arm tightened up in the seventh. The Sox said X-rays were negative, and Tosar wasn’t sure whether Anderson would be available Tuesday.
Anderson went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in his first game since the fight. He was in the clubhouse afterward but was not made available to talk and hasn’t spoken since Ramírez knocked him down. Grifol said Anderson would talk after his appeal of the suspension is decided.
Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal before the game denied a WSCR-AM 670 report that he slapped Anderson last month during an altercation in the clubhouse.
“It’s crazy to what extent people can go to to just put something out there,” Grandal said, adding he “definitely” did not have an incident with Anderson.
Anderson has dealt with adversity for a while and likely will have to the rest of the season.
“Listen, I think of Tim the same way I thought of him the first time I got here,” Grandal said. “I feel like he can be the shortstop in this game. I think we’ve all seen it. I don’t think we judge anybody. I think the clubhouse is a safe space. I think of him very highly. I think there’s a lot of Tim left.
“We all make mistakes. I’m sure you’ve made mistakes before, so it’s just live and learn. We’re going to support Tim no matter what.”
The Sox won their third straight before a raucous crowd of 27,574 at Guaranteed Rate Field that stopped paying attention in the seventh to perform the wave. It likely will be that way the rest of the summer with a team out of contention and auditioning young pitchers for 2024.
Dylan Cease took a no-hitter into the sixth before Montoyo removed him after DJ LeMahieu’s one-out single pushed him to the 104-pitch mark. Cease walked seven, including three straight to start the second, but continually bailed himself out of jams.
“Wasn’t very pretty but it got the job done,” Cease said. “Games like that happen. Especially after the third inning, I really felt like I got kind of locked in.”
Andrew Vaughn’s two-run home run off Cole in the second gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished. Rookie Lane Ramsey struck out the final two hitters of the seventh with the Sox leading 2-1 and runners on the corners, and Luis Robert’s two-run double capped a three-run eighth that put the game away.
Bryan Shaw pitched the final two innings for the save, his first in a Sox uniform.
Cease evened his record at 5-5 in a disappointing season after finishing second in American League Cy Young voting last year. As one of two remaining starters with Michael Kopech who are virtually assured of a spot in the 2024 rotation, he is starting to get used to the idea that the young Sox pitchers look up to him the same way he did to Carlos Rodón and other veterans when Cease arrived on the scene.
“I’m enjoying my teammates, enjoying the clubhouse, and really it just comes down to doing what you can to win,” Cease said. “Winning really solves a lot of problems. When you don’t win, everything is basically not good. If we just keep taking care of winning and keep the spirits high, I think we’ll be in good shape.”