Connect with us

White Sox

Hahn: Eloy Jimenez to Miss 5-6 Months, Plus Other White Sox Burning Topics

Eloy Jimenez will be sidelined for 5-6 months with a left pectoral injury, leaving the White Sox with questions to answer in the outfield.

Eloy Jimenez Injury
Photo: NBC Sports Chicago

Rick Hahn met with the media on Thursday afternoon to discuss the injury to outfielder Eloy Jimenez amongst other topics.

The brutal news came when Hahn confirmed that Jimenez suffered a ruptured left pectoral tendon, an injury that requires surgical repair. The prized slugger will miss around five to six months, which would put him back in action in late August or September based on traditional timelines with this injury. This news comes not long after the club announced that Adam Engel is dealing a hamstring strain and Liam Hendriks was on the tail end of dealing with kidney stones.

Hahn expressed that while the injury is disappointing, he can’t get too upset because Jimenez was trying to make a play. It is a player’s desire to play hard and make a difference that makes him likable.

As the team moves on without a dejected Jimenez, replacements need to be considered. Hahn discussed in-house names such as Leury Garcia, Adam Engel, Nick Williams, and Billy Hamilton. He also entertained the possibility of Andrew Vaughn playing the outfield. As expected, Hahn also did not rule out going outside of the organization to fill the void. He did, however, say that this decision won’t be rushed. One name that seems premature to Hahn is Yoelqui Cespedes, who still needs time to knock the rust off, but has impressive tools in his game bag.

Use the code ONTAP at sign-up!
*Valid for gamblers 21 and over in Illinois and Iowa

There is belief within the organization that the clubhouse, filled with vibrant, youthful stars and savvy veterans, can overcome this adversity and keep their focus on the ultimate goal. While the Jimenez injury news is tough, the group understands that they need to move on and win baseball games.

Despite today’s bad news, Hahn expressed excitement with the team and the camp overall. He explained that players like Zack Collins have had a great spring and deserve credit for their hard work and improvement. The basis of his words was that the injury is a big blow, but the team needs to move on and put forth the best group of 26 guys on Opening Day.

Shortly after Hahn spoke, manager Tony La Russa fielded questions as well. The biggest takeaway is that he plans on starting Vaughn in left field during the team’s Spring Training matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Overall, La Russa’s general tone echoed that of Hahn. The team has to move on and continue toward their goals. The roster might change, but the goals stay the same.

There is now an open spot in left field for competition as Spring Training winds down, so look for heightened performances from the aforementioned names. A decision needs to be made before the team travels to Anaheim for Opening Day 2021.


Posts by external contributors to On Tap Sports Net

9 Comments
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

9 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
trackback
6 months ago

[…] ailment only adds to the White Sox outfield injury troubles. Eloy Jimenez suffered a torn left pectoral muscle at the end of Spring Training, which will keep him out until the August-September range. Adam Engel […]

trackback
6 months ago

[…] run and driving in eight RBIs. The White Sox are currently missing outfielders Eloy Jimenez, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Spring Training, and Adam Engel, who is still dealing with a hamstring […]

trackback
6 months ago

[…] Chicago White Sox have once again found themselves in a jam. After losing star outfielder Eloy Jimenez in spring training due to a torn pectoral muscle, the team once again struggles with a serious injury in the outfield. On Sunday, centerfielder Luis […]

trackback
6 months ago

[…] of different things going wrong to start the year, most notably injuries to core position players Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, you’d think the sky was falling. The fact of the matter is this team is […]

trackback
6 months ago

[…] here in 2021, especially when considering they’ve done this without the services of Eloy Jimenez and now Luis Robert, two of the team’s top projected offensive performers. This team has been […]

trackback
5 months ago

[…] Jiménez, who has been sidelined since Spring Training due to a ruptured left pectoral muscle, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. The White Sox announced the update via their […]

trackback
5 months ago

[…] right field position to help offset some of the lost production from now three injured starters: Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Nick […]

trackback
4 months ago

[…] long-awaited return comes after Jimenez suffered the first of a few demoralizing injuries in spring training. He recently went on a rehab assignment that saw him find the long ball […]

trackback
4 months ago

[…] Jimenez tore his left pectoral tendon in a spring training game back in March. Expected to miss five to six months, Eloy’s recovery is on the lesser end of that window, which is truly an astonishing recovery time.  […]

Listen To the Sox On Tap Podcast

Sox On Tap

BET WITH BETRIVERS ILLINOIS

Advertisement Beer and Bourbon Box 300x250

More in White Sox