According to a press release earlier this morning from the White Sox, Eloy Jiménez has officially been activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the Twins. Jiménez has been on the shelf since July 17th when he suffered an injury colliding with Charlie Tilson, so he seemingly didn’t need much more time than the slotted ten days.
This move is a huge shot in the arm for an offense that has struggled mightily since the All-Star Break. Since the Mid-Summer Classic, the White Sox offense is good for only a .237/.278/.360 slash line, a major drop off from the first half slash line of .257/.314/.412. With Tim Anderson likely set to come back soon also, this lineup is looking to take much better form as a sub-par month of July is set to conclude.
Jiménez will take the roster spot of José Rondón, who was designated for assignment. Since he is out of minor league options, it appears likely that he played his last game in a White Sox uniform. He spent the past two seasons with the Sox in a limited role, playing in 92 games and producing a .211/.271/.360 slashline with nine home runs and 23 runs batted in. An OPS of .630 won’t keep you in the major leagues for long, and it was clear that Rondon’s time was running out. As this team is set to turn a corner in the rebuild, replacement level players will begin to be less common on the roster and Rondón’s exit shows this.
Even if he didn’t bring us many great memories with his bat, he at least gave us some humor when he came into pitch in a blowout.
Jiménez figures to be in the lineup just in time to give the White Sox a chance to split the four-game series with the first place Twins. Today’s pitching matchup will be Dylan Covey vs. Kyle Gibson. Also, be on the lookout for the return of Tim Anderson. He did this for AAA Charlotte in a rehab game last evening:
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