The Chicago White Sox can count on catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Lance Lynn to chart Eloy Jimenez’s injuries.
The team announced that the left fielder underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee. Estimated recovery time six to eight weeks left.
Sox general manager Rick Khan said the procedure was the same as Grandal had last season and the one Lynn had earlier this month. Grandal was absent from 6 July to 27 August.and Lynn is predicted to miss first eight weeks of this season.
“On the positive side, we have some track record and we feel pretty confident that the six to eight return timeframe is the outer limit, depending on any potential setbacks,” Khan said.
Jimenez tripped after crossing first base in the second inning on Saturday and was out of the game – the latest setback for an injury-hit team.
Khan provided some injury news and spoke about the team’s difficult journey ahead of Tuesday’s kickoff game against the Kansas City Royals.
He said third baseman Yoan Moncada (right oblique) and pitcher Joe Kelly (right biceps injury) could start rehab soon. None of them appeared in the game this season.
“Moncada continues to evolve,” Khan said. “Those of you who were on the trip saw him on the field (before the game) doing other things. This will continue over the next few days with the hope that he can start rehab possibly this weekend with (Triple-A) Charlotte.
“Joe Kelly did a couple of trips to Arizona that went well on the extended (spring) level. He’s going to do at least one more there and then he too can join Charlotte this weekend for a rehab assignment.”
According to Khan, Liam Hendrix has “a back spasm problem” and it happens every day.
“He went into the clubhouse, slipped on the slippery surface and injured his back,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said, adding that the injury occurred after the ninth and before the tenth inning of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. “It affects everything you do, no matter what position you play.”
“It’s close,” La Russa said. “I just want to make sure we’re careful with him. His legs are an important part of his game. I’m looking forward to his return.”
Although the Sox will be without Jimenez for several weeks, the prognosis is shorter than the time he missed last year — almost four months — after suffers from a torn left pectoral tendon at spring training.
“I heard some lazy analysis showed he was injury prone or something,” Khan said. “Couldn’t be further from the truth in terms of the fact that he missed significant time this year and last year. That’s the degree (how) you can call a guy injury prone.
“The thing is, last year he made a bad decision trying to play (on a home run ball during a Cactus League game). This year, trying to get to a level he’s barely reached all year, it’s more of a guy trying to do his best to help his team win, even if it might not be the right decision at the time. He’s not the kind of guy who’s prone to injury.”
Andrew Vaughn started in left field on Tuesday as the Sox use a “next man” mentality for the second year in a row.
“Part of the experience of last year is that this team needs to know that we were facing maybe even more injury problems, but we were still able to win 93 games and win the division,” Khan said. “We have never had a week like the one we just experienced (0 to 6 on the journey), but at the same time, the memory and resourcefulness (of 2021) must be in these guys to understand what they are doing. “. able to make and get themselves out of it.”
The Sox returned home hoping to emerge from their depression after losing three games in Cleveland and three more in Minnesota.
“We still have a lot of faith in the talent of this team,” Khan said. “We believe in the potential of this team and we are confident that over time the talent will take over and take us to the level we are aiming for, which we expected at the beginning of this season.
“There is no way to avoid disappointment and disappointment, but one of the great things about this sport is that the length of the season really makes the cream rise to the top during the six-month season. And we still have ample opportunity to prove we can be that again this season.”