White Sox slugger Eloy Jimenez undergoes surgery for torn pectoral

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White Sox slugger Eloy Jimenez undergoes surgery for torn pectoral


Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez was undergoing surgery on Tuesday to repair a ruptured left pectoral tendon, and general manager Rick Hahn said the slugger is expected to miss another five to six months.
Hahn said the schedule has not changed, although he left the door open for Jimenez to return sooner.

“There’s a chance, certainly, that he beats that traditional timeframe for this type of injury of five to six months,” he said. “But frankly, no one will know that for at least 12 weeks until he has completed the healing. process and the rehabilitation side of this injury. ”

Jimenez was injured last week in a spring training game against Oakland when he attempted to leap forward against the wall during Sean Murphy’s home run. The injury has led to more questions as to whether he is better suited for the designated hitter than for left field, where he has been injured several times since making his big league debut in 2019.

Jimenez, 24, who throws and beats right-handed, was acquired during a trade in July 2017 with the Crosstown Cubs. He hit 31 home runs in his first year in the majors in 2019. He hit .296 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs in 55 games during the pandemic shortened season.

Chicago is looking for a deep postseason run after making the playoffs last year for the first time since 2008. With Tim Anderson, AL MVP Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada, the Whites Sox have a powerful background. But Jimenez’s injury leaves them without one of their most dangerous hitters.

Manager Tony La Russa has said he counts for Leury Garcia to start Thursday’s opener at the Los Angeles Angels in left field with rookie Andrew Vaughn on designated hitter. But Vaughn, a first baseman who was selected by the White Sox with the No.3 overall pick in the 2019 entry draft, is looking forward to saving time this season.

The White Sox released veteran wide receiver Jonathon Lucroy on Tuesday. They also picked infielder Danny Mendick from the club’s alternative training site and reassigned right-hander Ryan Burr, infielders Tim Beckham, Zach Remillard and Matt Reynolds and outfielder Nick Williams to league camp. minor.

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