CHICAGO – White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who was expected to be out six to eight weeks after suffering a torn hind thigh on April 23, said he is taking quick steps in his recovery, is pain-free and has run and swung.
“We’ll be back sooner rather than later,” Jimenez said Tuesday.
The White Sox expect Jimenez to return in style after missing much of last season due to a ruptured left breast. He got off to a slow start with just eight hits in 36 strokes before being injured when he tried to hit a grounder in Minnesota on April 23rd.
The 25-year-old slugger felt it as he ran towards the base. Then he reached for the bag, stumbled and was taken from the field on a cart. Jimenez underwent surgery a few days later.
Jimenez’s injury is similar to the one that put White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal on the sidelines for nearly two months last season. Right-handed player Lance Lynn is also on the injury list with a similar problem after he was pulled from his last start of spring training with discomfort in his right knee.
“When I went down … I was just a little frustrated because I was not feeling well,” Jimenez said. “And then it happened. Right now, I’m pretty good with the result we have.”
Jimenez beat 31 homers as a rookie in 2019 and followed it up by hitting .296 with 14 homeruns in 55 games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was limited to 55 games last year after being injured when he tried to get a catch on a home run during a spring training match.