A strained oblique has sidelined Todd Frazier. The White Sox slugger told MLB.com there’s no timetable for his return.
A strained left oblique has sidelined Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier. Speaking to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com on Wednesday, the 31-year-old said there’s no timetable for his return. According to Bloom, he took batting practice and did some fielding prior to their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Lucky for the White Sox, there’s no reason why Frazier wouldn’t be ready to go by opening day. Most likely, he’ll be ready to go soon, so he can get some more time playing during spring training. They would rather have this happen now, than during the season when they will need his bat. Frazier led the team in home runs last season and was their main offensive threat. He really carried the offense when Jose Abreu was struggling.
"“If it was during the season I’m sure there would be a timetable. I’m sure it’s one of those things where you can get back going quicker. But we have a whole other month so we have plenty of time.”-Todd Frazier, White Sox 3B"
It does no good for the team to rush him back from injury. He is a veteran, so he shouldn’t need to play in many spring training games to get ready for the season. He’s also 31, so they definitely want to make sure he is 100 percent before they bring him back. The White Sox can’t afford to have him out when the regular season starts. They need his bat in the lineup and his defense at third base.
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Having Frazier at 100 percent not only helps the team but it keeps his trade value up. Rick Hahn needs to be thinking about what players he is willing to deal and we’ve heard reports that Frazier is on that list. His bat would make a valuable addition to any offensively challenged team. But they need him to play if they want to flip him in a trade.
The White Sox have one of the best trainers in the league in Herm Schneider. Because of that there’s no reason Frazier shouldn’t be back before the season starts.
Although there’s no timetable for his return, that’s more of because of what time of the season it is. It’s spring training, so if a guy has to nurse an injury or take more time to come back, that’s no big deal. Unless he’s healthy, there’s no reason Fraizer should be on the field. He’s just too important to the team.