White Sox' Eloy Jiménez feels '200%' better from pectoral injury

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Eloy feels '200%' better as he gears up for rehab assignment originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox announced Eloy Jiménez will begin his rehab assignment in Winston-Salem on Friday, much earlier than the team or anyone anticipated when he initially had surgery to repair his ruptured left pectoral tendon. One of the reasons that Jiménez may be on that fast track is because he says he doesn’t just feel recovered from his injury, he feels even better than he did when Spring Training began back in March.

“I feel like 110%— let’s say 200%— so I feel pretty normal,” Jiménez said. “I feel like I can finish my swing with one hand, two hands, whatever, and it’s not going to hurt.”

That being said, Jiménez couldn’t say for sure when he’ll return to the White Sox, because he’s not sure how his body will respond to his rehab assignment in the minors. Rehabbing in the weight room or another controlled setting is one thing. But rehabbing in the batters’ box is another thing entirely.

“I don’t really know, because this is my Spring Training right now,” Jiménez said. “I don’t know because I don’t know how I’m going to feel, how I’m going to react. I feel 100%, but I don’t know how I’m going to react when I start playing 9-inning games back-to-back, back-to-back days. So, I don’t know.”

Ever the optimist, Jiménez did say he was hopeful to return to the South Side before too long.

“They haven’t given me a timeline, but I think I can be up around the end of this month.”

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