It was White Sox without him Eloy Jimenez For two and a half months, the slow hitter ruptured a tendon in his right hamstring on April 23. He will soon return to the line-up, however, as various reporters (including ESPN’s Jesse Rogers) noted that he informed the Major League team after completing his rehab job with Triple-A Charlotte yesterday. Jimenez will not be active in tonight’s game against the Twins, but manager Tony La Russa said he will be back within the next few days – possibly as soon as tomorrow (via Daryl Van Schoen from the Chicago Sun-Times).
Jimenez’s impending return should be a boon to a squad that has frustrated this season. AL Central’s winning defenders entered the year on one of the league’s most imposing rosters, but they hold a record 38-40 for playing Tuesday night. Offensive conflicts were a major cause, with Chicago hitters carrying the .254/.309/.377 streak as a unit. They finished 19th in the MLB in base percentage and 23rd in sluggish output, while 98 wRC+ indicates they were 2 percentage points worse than the league’s attacking average. This puts them in 20th place in the league.
The left field was one of a few problem areas, with the Sox receiving a negligible .250/.292/.387 Sox showing out of position. Jimenez contributed to this somewhat with a rough 11 start to the season, but the biggest factor was a touchdown year from gaining spring training. AJ Bullock. The veteran defensive player did well in June after a dismal first two months in training at the White Sox, and Jiménez’s revitalization should give Chicago the freedom to regularly deliver Bullock to the right field as they intended to open the season.
javen leaves Saw the bulk of correct playing time lately. Left-handed striking .227/ .296/ .372, a production that was superior to Bullock’s but still below average. He’s also rated poorly in terms of general defensive metrics, which isn’t surprising considering he’s spent the vast majority of his career playing first base.
Jiménez has missed notable parts from each of the past two seasons. He was limited to 55 games last year after rupturing his pectoralis tendon during spring training. This delayed its debut until late July, and its disappointing showing was .249/.303/.437 for the last two months of the year. The 25-year-old showed potential to be a mid-table presence during his first two major league seasons, though, as he combined .276/.321/.527 with 45 players in 175 games from 2019-20. .
Activating Jiménez will require 40 men to be moved, as Chicago’s roster is currently full. This is largely a formality, since player Danny Mendic Can be transferred from the injured list of 10 days to the list of injured 60 days after suffering from the end of the season anterior cruciate ligament rupture Last month.
Chicago also appears ready to receive another casualty in the relatively near future. Yasmani Grandal For reporters (including James Fegan athlete) that he will be joining Double-A Birmingham tomorrow to begin his rehab period. Since June 12 due to back spasms, Grandal will once again be playing as a designated hitter before standing behind the board. The veteran backer suggested he hopes to return soon after the All-Star break, as he will look to bounce back from a rough showing of .185/.294/.237 during the first few months of the season.
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