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White Sox Update: Jimenez to return, Grandal to begin rehab

by Nik Gaur

Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox revealed significant updates on two injured players.

Yasmani Grandal, who has been out since June 11th with a back injury, will head to AA Birmingham on Wednesday to begin a rehab assignment. He hopes to return following the all-star break, which concludes on Friday, July 22nd. After a weekend in Birmingham, he will move up to AAA Charlotte to continue his rehab stint.

In more immediately impactful news, Eloy Jimenez is in Chicago, which implies that his rehab assignment is over. The White Sox have not yet announced a roster move for Jimenez, nor is he in the starting lineup, but he figures to be activated prior to tomorrow’s series finale against the Twins.

Jimenez will be making his return following surgery on a torn hamstring tendon back in late April. He was struggling to start the season, posting just a .590 OPS in 39 plate appearances on the season. His rehab stint started and ended abruptly multiple times, and in 63 plate appearances in Charlotte, he slashed .246/.317/.351. For the White Sox, they are hoping Jimenez can find some of the power that has been lost from this White Sox lineup. The White Sox will likely send Jake Burger to Charlotte as a result of Jimenez’s return – though nothing has been made official just yet.

Should the White Sox be able to stay healthy until the all-star break and within striking distance of the division lead, the returns of Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jimenez will bring the White Sox’ lineup back to full strength.

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Featured Photo: © Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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