This spring is being defined by injuries for the White Sox.
Another notable injury occurred during Sunday's Cactus League game, with Nicky Delmonico and Tyler Saladino colliding. While Saladino entered the concussion protocol after hitting his head, it's Delmonico's injury that sounds like it could be more serious. The guy expected to start the season as the everyday left fielder exited the game with what the White Sox described as a "left shoulder subluxation," a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint.
According to the team, there'll be more news Monday on Delmonico's status.
Nicky Delmonico left today's game with a left shoulder subluxation. He will be further evaluated tomorrow.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 11, 2018
Delmonico's injury is the first noteworthy one to happen to a member of the big league team. But injuries, serious ones, have been commonplace among the prized prospects at White Sox camp.
Jake Burger suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while running to first during a game and will miss the entirety of the 2018 season. Micker Adolfo has an elbow injury and is playing through it as the White Sox hope he can avoid surgery. Luis Robert suffered a sprained ligament in his thumb last week while sliding into second base, the same game in which he later hit a grand slam. He'll be out of action for approximately 10 weeks. Eloy Jimenez just returned from an injury-induced layoff that knocked him out of Cactus League action for a couple weeks.
The 2018 campaign figures to be an important one for Delmonico, who surprised and impressed with a strong stretch of games in the last two months of the 2017 season. In 43 contests, he slashed .262/.373/.482 with nine homers, 25 runs scored and 23 RBIs. That performance allowed Delmonico, who didn't carry the same high prospect rankings as many of the other young players in the White Sox organization, to enter the conversation for the future. But 2018 will be about following that up and proving he deserves the consideration that guys like Jimenez and Robert have for when the team's rebuild reaches its apex and the White Sox are planned to become perennial contenders.
If or how this injury affects Delmonico's prospects remains to be seen.