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Paul DeJong steps up as Eduardo Sosa goes down
Eduardo Sosa and Paul DeJong have because quite the duo at shortstop this season.
DeJong was the starting shortstop this season but suffered a rib injury that took several weeks to heal. In that period of time, Sosa stepped up and dazzled with his defensive skills and was even able to get some timely hits.
As the weeks passed, Sosa was getting more time starting at shortstop and DeJong was merely a bench option. Until Friday in Chicago.
In the sixth inning of the afternoon portion of the doubleheader Sept. 24, Sosa was hit in the hand on a pitch from Tommy Nance. Sosa appeared in terrible pain, heading straight to the dugout and down the tunnel. DeJong took the field to replace Sosa on the base path.
In September, DeJong is hitting .189/.244/.459 with a .703 OPS. He has one stolen base, one double, three homers, and five RBI.
Here’s DeJong going back to back with Nootbaar on Friday evening in Chicago:
It’s unclear when we will see Sosa again, but in the meantime, DeJong has stepped back into his role with the club seamlessly.