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Thursday, March 25, 2021

White Sox’s Eloy Jimenez to Undergo Surgery on Torn Pec Injury, Miss 5-6 Months

Chicago White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez will miss most of the season after suffering a ruptured pectoral tendon during Wednesday’s spring training game against the Oakland Athletics.

General manager Rick Hahn told reporters on Thursday that Jimenez will undergo surgery that is expected to keep him out for five to six months.

Jimenez was injured in the second inning when he attempted to make a leaping catch at the wall. He was removed from the game, holding his left arm gingerly while walking off the field.

If Jimenez requires the full six-month timeframe to return, he could miss the entire regular season. Chicago ends the 2021 season on Sept. 29 against the Cincinnati Reds.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 02:21 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 02:23 PM (#6010089)
Guess Vaughn better grab a LF's glove.

Also, unless you're trying to make the team, don't make acrobatic plays in Spring Training.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 02:39 PM (#6010096)
The price for Mike Tauchman just went up.
   3. mathesond Posted: March 25, 2021 at 03:30 PM (#6010122)
"The price for Mike Tauchman just went up."

I they can get a good deal on a Randal Grichuk...
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 03:49 PM (#6010131)

Guess Vaughn better grab a LF's glove.


Now they can plausibly send him to the minors to work on his defense!
   5. JRVJ Posted: March 25, 2021 at 04:26 PM (#6010141)
The ChiSox do prefer their Cubans, so.... Yasiel Puig, come on DOWN!
   6. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 25, 2021 at 04:30 PM (#6010144)
White Sox are saying Vaughn will get a shot at the left field job. He's never played a competitive game above high school out there so nothing is certain. What's interesting is how thin they look without Jimenez. Roster Resource has their bench players as;

Leury Garcia
Danny Mendick
Nick Williams
Jonathan Lucroy
Zach Collins

The last two are catchers. Mendick is an infielder and Garcia and Williams are outfielders. So basically they have to fill DH and LF with two of six players. One of the six is Vaughn it's just a question of where he plays. Presumably as someone who has never played the position he would be worse than the actual trained outfielders. BUT, Garcia is actually a really bad outfielder while Williams seems OK though neither of them can hit. My thinking is that if I'm the White Sox unless Vaughn looks completely overwhelmed I put him out there in hopes he's at least passable. At worst you shove him back to DH when the time comes be it Jimenez coming back or a trade but at least you maybe create a little versatility in him. If the Red Sox can win a World Series the year they start Kevin Millar in right field for 53 games the White Sox can probably throw Vaughn in left for a couple months and see what happens.

I'm still skeptical that a guy who hit .278/.384/.449 in 55 games of Single A ball two years ago is ready but hey, this is where they are.
   7. tonywagner Posted: March 25, 2021 at 04:34 PM (#6010146)
The ChiSox do prefer their Cubans, so.... Yasiel Puig, come on DOWN!

Not if Yoenis Cespedes gets there first. Not even wild boars could keep him from this opportunity!
   8. Walt Davis Posted: March 25, 2021 at 04:50 PM (#6010150)
The Quintana trade looks better and better! :-)

I'm not sure what Jose bases his claim of Garcia's defense on -- not saying he's wrong, I have no opinion. But Garcia career has an Rfield of -4 while playing 60% of his innings in CF so LF should be no problem. TZ likes him less but mainly in rating him as a poor CF. The bat stinks although he's been a bit better tha last few years (89 OPS+). Garcia is guaranteed $3.5 M so he's definitely making the team.

Nick Williams, the old Phils' prospect. That's an interesting guy to have around on a NRI/minor-league I assume ... he's not even arb-eligible yet. He hit some in the minors and his first 800 PA in the majors were OK. He fell apart in 2019 (but hit well in AAA) and didn't play anywhere in 2020. His defense was rated as Dunn-ish so he might DH with Vaughn in LF. [EDIT: Williams is hitting pretty well this spring although that really only means he can still hit AAA pitching.]

There are surely better options available as guys lose jobs and camps empty out but a Williams-Garcia DH/LF offense/defense platoon might spackle over the crack for a month or two without killing them.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 25, 2021 at 04:51 PM (#6010151)
Not even wild boars could keep him from this opportunity!
To paraphrase the Stones.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 05:06 PM (#6010157)
The White Sox also recently signed Billy Hamilton, who now may be starting!
   11. The Duke Posted: March 25, 2021 at 05:40 PM (#6010167)
TLR is so much dumber a manager today
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 26, 2021 at 12:50 AM (#6010201)
The price for Mike Tauchman just went up.
Jay Bruce is likely to be available.
   13. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 26, 2021 at 08:17 AM (#6010206)
Yeah I was probably too harsh on Garcia. I was looking at FanGraphs but overreached. He's not a good outfielder but it was unfair to say he's really bad.
   14. Charles S. is not doing chainsaw bears any more Posted: March 26, 2021 at 09:50 AM (#6010217)
If the Sox have enough hitting to survive with Adam Engel out there, and I think they do, this would give them a very good defensive outfielders with the two Adams flanking Robert. I'm guessing that's at least what they start with.
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 09:55 AM (#6010220)
If the Sox have enough hitting to survive with Adam Engel out there, and I think they do, this would give them a very good defensive outfielders with the two Adams flanking Robert. I'm guessing that's at least what they start with.

Engel projects to be at best a hair above replacement level; they need to do better than that if they want to contend. If Engel's plan A in LF, that means plan B will likely get a bunch of PA, and be even worse. Eaton is not exactly an iron man.
   16. Nasty Nate Posted: March 26, 2021 at 11:20 AM (#6010238)
They might be hoping that some team (say, Arizona) gets quickly buried in the standings and therefore is willing to do a money-motivated trade of an OF earlier than the normal mid-season trading time.
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 12:21 PM (#6010252)
They might be hoping that some team (say, Arizona) gets quickly buried in the standings and therefore is willing to do a money-motivated trade of an OF earlier than the normal mid-season trading time.

Of course the risk of that approach is that you become that team.
   18. tonywagner Posted: March 26, 2021 at 12:32 PM (#6010255)
If the Sox have enough hitting to survive with Adam Engel out there, and I think they do, this would give them a very good defensive outfielders with the two Adams flanking Robert. I'm guessing that's at least what they start with.

Unfortunately Engel has a hamstring strain and will begin the season on the IL too.
   19. Nasty Nate Posted: March 26, 2021 at 12:36 PM (#6010256)
They might be hoping that some team (say, Arizona) gets quickly buried in the standings and therefore is willing to do a money-motivated trade of an OF earlier than the normal mid-season trading time.


Of course the risk of that approach is that you become that team.
I would quibble with this. The bigger risk of being too picky/patient with adding an OFer is that they barely miss the playoffs, or barely miss the division and have to settle for the wild card. If they are bad enough to be sellers by the beginning of July, the difference between a serviceable OFer and a sub-replacement one wouldn't have saved them anyway.
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 12:42 PM (#6010260)
I would quibble with this. The bigger risk of people too picky/patient with adding an OFer is that they barely miss the playoffs, or barely miss the division and have to settle for the wild card. If they are bad enough to be sellers by the beginning of July, the difference between a serviceable OFer and a sub-replacement one wouldn't have saved them anyway.

Partially true, but there can be cascade effects. You get off to a bad start, so you keep your prospects down longer, and sell rather than buy at the deadline. A true talent 85 win team that gets off to a hot start can turn itself into a 90 win team, while the same calibre team that starts slows, turns itself into an 80 win team. The final difference in records isn't necessarily a good indication of the talent gap in April and May.
   21. Nasty Nate Posted: March 26, 2021 at 01:05 PM (#6010267)
True.

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