The White Sox are 9-4 under acting manager Miguel Cairo and have gotten themselves back in the hunt this season. Now, the club is set to get more information on whether or not they will have their star shortstop over the final three weeks of the season as they make their playoff push.
According to Bob Nightengale, Tim Anderson will see a hand specialist this week to determine whether or not he will be able to return this season. Anderson was originally injured on August 7 with a torn ligament in his left hand. The initial prognosis was 4-6 weeks of action missed, projecting sometime between now and the next few weeks for Anderson’s anticipated return. Either way, it would appear the White Sox, as of now, should expect Anderson to return in 2022.
Depending on the news the White Sox get on Tuesday on Anderson’s condition, the team could be facing some tough roster decisions at some point in the near future. In Anderson’s absence, both Elvis Andrus and Romy Gonzalez have played a stellar SS and 2B, respectively, and both deserve continued at-bats in a surging lineup. Andrus has previously mentioned that he’ll play whatever position he needs to in order to help the team win, while the White Sox might end up optioning Gonzalez due to the availability of options.
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. The White Sox will be hoping the All-Star version of TA returns once he returns to the lineup.
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