It’s been a rough stretch for Eloy Jimenez on and off the field lately.
In between a 4-for-23 stretch at the plate over his last six games, the White Sox’ prized rookie was placed on the bereavement list to rejoin his family in Dominican Republic following the death of his grandmother.
Jimenez’ first game back in Chicago five days later — a walkoff victory over Detroit thanks to another epic Tim Anderson home run — led to even more anguish for the left fielder. While trying to rob a home run from Detroit catcher Grayson Greiner, Jimenez got his right foot tangled up in the outfield wall, landing awkwardly and in visible pain.
The end result is a trip to the injured list for the budding slugger.
Eloy Jiménez’s absence will start at two weeks and likely increase from there. Nate Jones’ pitching elbow is troubling him again pic.twitter.com/NyTpgMUk69— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 28, 2019
It’s not surprising the White Sox want to take their time and avoid having Jimenez play through any pain. As much as the South Siders are placing value on competing now — designating pitcher Ervin Santana for assignment this week shows they have little patience for struggling veterans at this point in their rebuild — Chicago is still 10-14 and the margin for error in the American League Central seems as wide as ever.
This is still a developmental season for Jimenez. Chicago will make sure they’re working with him at full strength before continuing on that path.
Eloy Jimenez said he is not sure how long he will be out . Icing all day and wearing a boot to walk in .Pain still there but feels better.— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) April 28, 2019
Jimenez is slashing .241/.294/.380 through 21 games this season with three home runs — all of which have come on the road to the dismay of crowds at Guaranteed Rate Field. Chicago signed Jimenez to a six-year, $43 million deal in March with two club options that could run through 2026 and bring his total earnings to $78 million.
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