Eloy Jiménez, who has been sidelined since Spring Training due to a ruptured left pectoral tendon, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. The White Sox announced the update via their Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
This stage of Jiménez's rehabilitation should take a minimum of four weeks, after which the White Sox will evaluate his status to see if he can begin an assignment with a minor league affiliate. This development is a nugget of much-needed news for White Sox fans, who have seen their team plagued with devastating injuries to start the season. After Jiménez went down, Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal both suffered significant injuries that will likely keep them out for the majority of the remainder of the season.
When Jiménez finally returns to the South Side, he will provide a much-needed boost of power to the White Sox lineup. It’s unclear if he will start in the outfield or come back as a designated hitter with the solid outfield play from Andrew Vaughn, but this is a great problem to have. Jiménez very well could have cleared the 40 home run mark this season, so let’s hope for a speedy rehabilitation.