As the season comes to a close, players who have been on the IL for a while are likely deciding whether or not to shut it down for the season. In the case of Jimmy Lambert, he will be shutting it down.
According to Daryl Van Schouwen, Lambert will have an arthroscopic procedure to remove a bone spur in his right ankle.
His recovery time, according to Van Schouwen, will be just a couple of weeks. This means that Lambert will have no restrictions heading into 2024 Spring Training.
Lambert, 28, has been up and down with the White Sox since his debut in 2020. In 37.2 innings with the big league club this season, he went 2-3 with a 5.26 ERA/5.69 FIP. His best season came in 2022 when he threw 47 innings and posted a 3.26 ERA and 3.05 FIP.
As the White Sox prepare to cover at least three rotation spots heading into 2024, according to new White Sox GM Chris Getz, Lambert will not be limited to a one-inning reliever:
“We definitely think he can pitch multiple innings and provide length and will prepare for spring training to do so.”– Chris Getz (via Daryl Van Schouwen)
Given that Lambert has been a starter in 92 of the 106 games he’s pitched in the minors, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that he earns some starts in 2024 as the White Sox try to set their direction for the future.
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