CLEVELAND — The Chicago White Sox announced Friday the signing of free agent shortstop Elvis Andrus before an important three-game series against the Cleveland Guardians first at Progressive Field.
To make room for Andrus on the active roster, the Red Sox sent infielder Lenyn Sosa to Triple-A Charlotte.
Andrus, 33, slashed .237/.301/.373 with 24 doubles, eight home runs, 30 RBIs, 41 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 106 games with the Oakland Athletics before being released Wednesday.
Andrus is in Friday’s starting lineup, batting seventh and playing shortstop. The signing comes at a time when the Sox have been dealing with injuries at the position.
All-Star Tim Anderson is on the disabled list with a torn sagittal band in the middle finger of his left hand and is expected to miss about six weeks. He suffered the injury on a control swing Aug. 6 against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Leury García, who had been substituting, went to the 10-day IL on Wednesday with a lumbar strain.
The Sox enter the series in third place in the AL Central, 2½ games behind the division-leading Guardians.