Billy Hamilton third White Sox player to land on IL with hamstring injury

Billy Hamilton third White Sox player to land on IL with hamstring injury

The White Sox placed outfielder Billy Hamilton on the 10-day injured list. | Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Outfielder Nick Williams called up, inserted into starting lineup for the home opener.

Billy Hamilton landed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, the third White Sox player to go on the IL with a hamstring strain just one week into the season.

Hamilton, a backup outfielder signed during spring training who started in left field against the Mariners on Wednesday, left in the sixth inning after straining his hamstring while stealing third base.

Tim Anderson went on the IL Wednesday with a left hamstring strain and Adam Engel injured his during spring training and is on the IL.

With Hamilton, Engel and Eloy Jimenez (pectoral muscle tear) sidelined, the Sox outfield core is thinning rapidly. They called up Nick Williams from Schaumburg and moved left-hander Jace Fry to the 60-day IL.

With Leury Garcia experienced leg tightness, per manager Tony La Russa, Williams is in the starting lineup for the home opener against the Royals Thursday.

Williams signed a minor league deal with the Sox in January. He hit .254/.313/.420 in 903 plate appearances with the Phillies from 2017 to 2019. He batted .300/.364/.475 with a home run in spring training.

Andrew Vaughn, a first baseman, was thrust into left field duty after Jimenez got hurt during spring training. Vaughn has started four games in left and is expected to play there in the Sox’ next game Saturday, La Russa said.

Here is the Sox lineup against the Royals and right-hander Brad Keller:

Adam Eaton RF

Luis Robert CF

Jose Abreu 1B

Yoan Moncada 3B

Yermin Mercedes DH

Yasmani Grandal C

Nick Williams LF

Nick Madrigal 2B

Danny Mendick SS

Lance Lynn P

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