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A Sight For Sore Eyes: AJ Pollock Returns to White Sox Lineup

The veteran outfielder missed 10 games due to a hamstring injury.
AJ Pollock Return Injury Update Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox are in the midst of a downright awful 0-4 stretch. As they look to turn things around this weekend in Minnesota, a key piece of the outfield will be back in action. AJ Pollock returns to the White Sox lineup, batting sixth and playing centerfield Friday vs. the Twins.

White Sox Lineup vs. Twins April 22

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Pollock made a warm first impression on his new team during his extremely limited action to open the season. He went 3-5 with a double and an RBI on Opening Day while filling in for a suspended Tim Anderson in the leadoff role.

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But during the second game of the season-opening series in Detroit, Pollock pulled up gingerly after hitting a single in the third inning. He exited early with hamstring tightness and landed on the injured list shortly after. Consequently, Pollock has missed White Sox' last 10 games.

A win-now answer to longstanding right field woes, the 11-year veteran figures to be a key piece of a White Sox team with World Series aspirations. Pollock owns a .282/.338/.482 slash line with 126 home runs and 415 RBIs in 897 career games. Last season, he slashed .297/.355/.536 with 21 home runs, 69 RBIs, and a 137 wRC+ in 117 games for the Dodgers.

With Luis Robert on the shelf for the foreseeable future due to a groin strain and Eloy Jimenez still working through ankle issues, Pollock's return could not have come at a better time.

AJ Pollock and the Chicago White Sox open a weekend series against the Minnesota Twins Friday night at Target Field. First pitch is at 7:10 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.