The White Sox got some pretty bad news today in regards to their starting shortstop.
According to a report from Russell Dorsey of Bally Sports, Tim Anderson will be out for 4-6 weeks with a torn ligament in his hand. Surgery will be required for Anderson. This report was confirmed by the White Sox following game one of today’s doubleheader.
It is unclear when this injury occurred, but there had been some rumblings over the past few days that Anderson had hurt his hand during an at-bat in Texas. Apparently, the injury occurred on a checked swing.
Anderson, this year’s AL starting shortstop at the All-Star Game, is hitting .301/.339/.395 with six home runs and 13 stolen bases. For the past two months, however, Anderson has been far from an All-Star player. Since June 20 – when he returned from his groin injury – the shortstop has been hitting .249/.287/.290 with just one home run, raising concern from fans that it might be prudent to remove Anderson from the leadoff spot in the lineup. This injury, however, will remove him from the lineup far longer than fans had thought.
In Tim’s absence, look for both Leury Garcia and Lenyn Sosa to see increased time at shortstop. Garcia has been one of the worst offensive players this season, hitting just .216/.240/.282, but Sosa provides some optimism in his callup. Sosa has been hitting .275/.316/.407 since his call up to AAA earlier this season. On the year, he is hitting .316/.367/.512 at the minor league level, and it would seem this 6 week period would be a great time to get him a tryout to crack next year’s roster.
For now, however, the White Sox will be without their leadoff man for most of the rest of the regular season as the club hopes to make a playoff push.
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Sometimes it’s just not your year. That said, I’m still hoping for a 2022 Miracle on 35th Street. Go Sox!