Though it’s still about a month too early for any sort of timelines, Hahn says both Jimenez and Robert are in the first phase of their recoveries. More specifically, Jimenez has begun ramping things up, which likely involves hitting drills as alluded to in Jimmy Cordero‘s Instagram story last week (below). Meanwhile, Robert has started up a strengthening program with no other additional information given.
Jimenez has been out since late March after sustaining a ruptured left pectoral tendon while trying to rob a home run in a Spring Training game. At the time, his expected recovery period was pegged at about 5-6 months, though there’s been some rumblings about him returning slightly sooner. Even still, it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll see Eloy get back in the lineup until some point in September.
As for Robert, the center fielder suffered a grade 3 strain (complete tear) of his hip flexor back in May when trying to beat out an infield single. He was said to be held out of all baseball activities for 12-16 weeks, which would put a return to the field no earlier than the beginning of August. Like with Jimenez, a September return to the White Sox seems to be a more likely expectation at this point.
Obviously, we’ll know more about both of these guys come July. Until then, we can only speculate, hope for the best, and enjoy the Billy Hamilton mania that seems to grow by the day.
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