The White Sox’ quest to get to October healthy continues to face roadblocks.
With Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Adam Engel all currently on the IL, Eloy Jimenez became the next victim of the baseball gods last night after being struck by a foul ball off the bat of Andrew Vaughn while in the dugout.
Jimenez would stay in the game at the time, singling to RF in his next at-bat and scoring on a Gavin Sheets single to CF. However, at the end of the play, you could see Jimenez was in pain – he would later leave with a right knee contusion that was described today as a “significant bone bruise” by Tony La Russa.
The good news, by all reports, is that x-rays were negative on the knee, and Eloy Jimenez will hopefully be in the lineup sooner rather than later. At current, Jimenez is not in the lineup for tonight’s game and likely would not start until Friday, given the quick turnaround to tomorrow’s 2 PM CT game to conclude the series.
Eloy Jimenez has been a huge boost to the offense since returning from his March injury. The outfielder has hit .269/.327/.493 with eight home runs, a .348 wOBA, and 124 wRC+ this season, and has actually look improved while playing the outfield.
The White Sox seem cautiously optimistic about Jimenez’s ability to return for this weekend’s home series against the Red Sox, so here’s hoping Eloy heals well over the next few days. One of the most encouraging things was his ability to play for a bit in Tuesday night’s game after the injury.
Two big takeaways:
- Please just get healthy by October
- Please put railings on the dugouts in Oakland
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