The Chicago White Sox will be without starting pitcher Lance Lynn to begin the 2022 season. The big right-hander will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a slight tendon tear in his right knee. The Sox expect Lynn to get back on the mound in approximately a month to build back up for a potential mid-May return. But the pitcher’s most recent comments have White Sox fans a bit worried.
“If we play our cards right, we can get back in the middle of the season and make a run,” Lynn said when discussing his injury.
So what exactly did Lynn mean by this? “Middle of the season” sounds more like June than mid-May. Is he talking about the team as a whole “play[ing] [their] cards right” or his personal recovery and return?
Starting the season without arguably the best pitcher on the roster surely wasn’t in the team’s plans. On top of that, the White Sox starting rotation remains one of the biggest question marks on the team. Now, the Sox enter the 2022 campaign with just three sure-fire starters — Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech. However, it will be Kopech’s first season as a full-time starter and he will surely have pitch and innings limitations.
In 2021, Lance Lynn’s first season on the South Side, he was brilliant. He accumulated 5.4 bWAR, an 11-6 record, and a 2.69 ERA in 28 starts. He was also named to his second MLB All-Star team, his first since 2012. If Lynn does not return until the “middle of the season,” the Chicago White Sox will have their work cut out as they attempt to fill the void he leaves in the rotation.
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