White Sox rookie outfielder still experiencing discomfort in right foot, in walking boot on Sunday. The outfielder has yet to play a game during Spring Training.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Charlie Tilson injured his hamstring in his MLB debut last season and was out for the remainder of 2016. After the Sox traded Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals in the offseason, it appeared Tilson would get a shot a starting in centerfield.
This might not be the case to begin this season as Tilson is still experiencing discomfort in his right foot. Tilson was sidelined just after Spring Training began with a stress reaction in his right foot. However, Tilson hasn’t made much process and was in a walking boot on Sunday according to J.J. Stankevitz of csnchicago.com.
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Tilson has played just one major league game in his career, and he could miss Opening Day for the Sox on April 3 against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field. According to Stankevitz, Sox manager Rick Renteria will wait until Tilson is able to play during Spring Training before determining if he will be on the Opening Day roster.
The Sox could utilize Peter Bourjos in centerfield if Tilson isn’t ready by Opening Day. Bourjos is currently hitting .370 with two doubles, two triples and two RBIs in 11 games this spring. If Bourjos is the starting centerfielder for the Sox on Opening Day, it wouldn’t be a bad thing for team that is currently rebuilding.
"“We definitely do not count him out. It’s more for us, making sure he’s able to go out there and not put himself in a position where he hurts himself. And then, again, we have a little bit of time to kind of establish that, evaluate and see where we’re going from there. We still have a little over three weeks. Hopefully we can get him out there at some point in time before we break camp, obviously, and then we’ll make certain decisions at that point.” Rick Renteria"
If Tilson isn’t able to start on Opening Day for the Sox, he will still have time to play for the team this season. Hopefully Tilson is able to get over his latest setback quickly, and not start his MLB career as a player that’s prone to injuries.