Liam Hendriks targeted July 1 for his return when he landed on the disabled list.
the chicago The White Sox closer’s prediction turned out to be pretty close.
The Red Sox reinstated Hendriks from the disabled list Monday before a crucial three-game series against the division-leading Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Sox also reinstated outfielder Adam Engel from the IL and sent outfielder Adam Haseley and pitcher Jimmy Lambert to Triple-A Charlotte.
“It was kind of a meeting in the middle,” Hendriks said Friday in San Francisco. “Initially they had targeted July 8, I was going (with) the first, so we met in the Fourth.”
He added with a smile, “If you’re looking at the math, that means I win. Closer to my date.
Hendriks had been on the injured list retroactive to June 11 with a right forearm strain. He pitched a simulated game on Friday as the final step in coming back.
“It would have been nice to be active (on Friday), but they wanted to check the sim game box,” he said. “You have to understand their point of view: They don’t want to start rushing people to come back. My point of view (is) that I am not the majority of people. I like to throw more than your average, but we’re all good and ready to go.”
Hendriks has a 2.81 ERA, 16 saves and 37 strikeouts in 25 appearances.
“He’s going to be a huge addition to our pen,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said Friday.
Engel had been out since June 23 with a right hamstring strain. He is slashing .240/.297/.349 with 11 doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs, 18 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 56 games.