It’s never a good sign when Rick Hahn schedules a press conference to update us on an injury. This afternoon, the White Sox general manager informed the public that Eloy Jimenez will have to undergo surgery for a ruptured left pectoral tendon. The normal recovery timeline is five to six months, which means Jimenez will likely miss a majority of the regular season.
The injury was sustained in the second inning of yesterday’s game when Jimenez attempted to rob a home run. After extending over the fence, Eloy hung on for a moment before falling to the ground in pain. The team initially ruled it “left shoulder discomfort” shortly after the left fielder departed from the game, though the diagnosis only became worse upon further testing.
With the loss of Jimenez, the White Sox will now have to get creative for at least the beginning of the season. The hamstring injury to Adam Engel leaves the team’s outfield depth rather depleted, likely forcing utility man Leury Garcia into a starting spot with Billy Hamilton coming off the bench. As for the long-term solution, it would be wise for the organization to begin considering trade candidates as soon as possible.
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