The Chicago White Sox have announced that Eloy Jimenez has a strained right hamstring. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Per the team, he will undergo further evaluation and a treatment plan will be put in place. Jimenez is being placed on the 10-day IL.
Jimenez was carted off the field in the second inning of Saturday’s 9-2 loss. He suffered the injury trying to leg out a grounder to third base. Despite the effort, Eloy was called out on the play and fell face first after touching first base. He immediately clutched his right leg after hitting the ground. That said, Jimenez was evaluated on the field and after some time was carted off.
The Elephant in the Room
White Sox fans feared Jimenez’s injury could’ve been worse, but can breath a slight sigh of relief. All things considered, 6-8 weeks isn’t very significant. The young slugger suffered a pectoral injury at Spring Training in 2021 and missed most of the season. However, he returned ahead of schedule and if that’s any indication of how he heals, we should expect to see him in no time.
The White Sox had to find a way to cover the loss of AJ Pollock after the second game of the season. Thus far, fans have seen a combination of Adam Engel, Gavin Sheets, and Andrew Vaughn in right field. Tony La Russa will likely play an outfield of AJ Pollock, Luis Robert, and Adam Engel or Andrew Vaughn in the corner opposite of Pollock. Despite being bit by the injury bug, Robert is expected to return next week.
The White Sox have been snakebitten early in 2022 with injuries. It seems as though when one player is activated, another goes down. That said, one has to hope this isn’t a trend we see for the remainder of the season. Despite a slow start, the White Sox are favorites to win the AL Central.
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