“The support they give me is very important because without them I wouldn’t make the effort to go back to this point,” Jiménez said. “First, God. After, my family. But third, my second family is my team. They support me and that’s why I’m working hard to get back to this point, and just play with them. Because that’s all I want. Play with my team.
Jiménez did not hesitate to speak about his feelings after his absence from the team. He even revealed that there were times he didn’t watch the White Sox play because it would make him sad that he couldn’t be on the pitch by their side.
“It was a bit difficult, because what happened to me was a week before the start of the season,” said Jiménez. “So it was a bit difficult, because I had a lot of injuries. But at the same time, my guys supported me. For me it was special. I did the job, because I felt like they were supporting me.
Unsurprisingly, the teammate who spoke the most with Jiménez during his rehab was longtime mentor José Abreu. In addition, Jiménez kept in touch with Yoán Moncada and sometimes even spoke to the whole team at the same time on loudspeaker.
But one support for Jiménez was Luis Robert, who is in the midst of an extensive rehab for injury.
“We helped each other because we tried to compete,” Jiménez said. “We try to do our best every day and we strive to be the best every day. That’s why we will come back as soon as possible. Sometimes you won’t feel good, because we are humans and what happened to us we don’t want to happen.
“I don’t like it, because one of my teammates got injured, but it helped me a lot and helped him to come back as soon as possible. “
When Jiménez first underwent surgery to repair his tendon, the hope was that he could join the team around the end of August or September. But on Thursday Jiménez said he hoped to be able to return by the end of July. He and the White Sox won’t go so far as to set a specific timeline for his return, however, until they see how his body reacts to playing full 9-innings and playing back-to-back days.
“I am blessed, but I continue to work. I think that’s why I’m here today.
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