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Chicago White Sox 3B Yoán Moncada returns to the the injured list with lower back inflammation

Yoán Moncada’s back has landed him back on the injured list.

The Chicago White Sox placed the third baseman on the 10-day IL with lower back inflammation, the team announced Thursday. Moncada previously was on the IL from April 11-May 12 with lower back soreness.

“I want to see him play without any pain,” manager Pedro Grifol said before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. “This might help him. Get a little time, it might help him come back to be in a position to do what he does without having to worry about it.”

Moncada has a .232/.279/.370 slash line with eight doubles, three homers and 13 RBIs in 38 games. He was not in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.

“The most important thing right now is him playing without him having to worry, ‘My back hurts,’” Grifol said. “Or ‘how am I going to feel today.’ I just want him to go out there and be free of pain and just go play. He hasn’t done that this year yet. I give him a lot of credit for what he’s done with how he’s felt.

“We see spurts here. That one day he went first to home in 11-some seconds. Once in a while he’ll show you something really, really good. Other times he can’t do it.”

Jake Burger started at third and homered twice in Wednesday’s 8-4 victory. He was scheduled to start again at the position Thursday.

Moncada’s IL stint is retroactive to Wednesday. In Thursday’s corresponding move, the Sox selected the contract of infielder Zach Remillard from Triple-A Charlotte.

A 10th-round pick by the Sox in 2016 out of Coastal Carolina, Remillard is slashing .236/.344/.354 with 10 doubles, five home runs and 25 RBIs in 59 games for the Knights. He has been versatile, appearing in 18 games at first base, 16 at third, 11 at shortstop, six each at second and in left field, three at designated hitter, two in right and one in left.

“Long time minor-leaguer, happy to see him here and get rewarded for his hard work,” Grifol said.

The Sox are awaiting the next step for starter Mike Clevinger, who left Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning with right biceps soreness.

“I guess the best news possible,” Clevinger said Thursday. “There’s no structural damage. Shoulder, elbow looks good. Just some fluid in the bicep. It’s day by day right now.”

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