White Sox lose another outfielder to injury, this time it’s a rookie outfielder that was making MLB debut. This is the fourth injury to a White Sox rookie in their debut with the team this season.
The White Sox were dealt another unfortunate blow in their game against the Tigers on Tuesday. In the fifth inning, rookie outfielder Charlie Tilson strained his left hamstring when he attempted to catch a flyball hit by Miguel Cabrera. Tilson was starting his first MLB game in front of friends and family at Comerica Park and recorded his first hit in his first at-bat.
Unfortunately for Tilson, the New Trier high school grad would join a long list of players injured in their debut this season with the White Sox. With the injury, Tilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The White Sox will recall J.B. Shuck from Triple-A Charlotte Knights to take Tilson’s place on the roster.
With two months left in the season, it’s going to be tough for fans to stay invested in this team. There was very little for fans to look forward to, and many were excited to see what Tilson could offer the team but it appears that will be on hold for a while.
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The White Sox could ill-afford another injury this season as they’ve been dealing with a rash of injuries to other players. Alex Avila, Austin Jackson, Matt Davidson, Zach Putnam, Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb are all on the disabled list. Putnam, Petricka and Webb are out for the remainder of the season.
This has put a considerable strain on the team’s depth, and exposed major weaknesses within the organization. A lack of getting talented players in past drafts, non-tendering Tyler Flowers and not signing marquee free agents at the right time have put the White Sox in the current position they’re in. As other teams are hammering down for the stretch run, or rebuilding, the White Sox are stuck in the middle without a clear direction for the future.
The injury to Tilson is extremely unfortunate as he grow up a lifelong White Sox fan and was well-liked in the Cardinals farm system before being traded. The White Sox will have to push forward and attempt to end the season on a high note, but at the moment its looking like the team will finish its fourth consecutive season under .500.