Charlie Tilson is still in a walking boot Colleen Kane reports. The White Sox outfielder could be out until May.
The Chicago White Sox may be without outfielder Charlie Tilson until May Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Tilson is still in a walking boot and could be in it for another three weeks. The 24-year-old had a stress reaction in his right foot at the start of Spring Training and a re-evaluation showed he would need to stay in the walking boot longer than expected.
This is a blow to the team, who thought they had found their starting center fielder. However, the White Sox have some options to replace Tilson. Peter Bourjos is having a great spring training and could be a likely replacement. Jacob May and Leury Garcia are also options for Rick Renteria. Renteria is still deciding on who to tab as the replacement.
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Tilson was really making his case to start in center for the White Sox. He’s a great young player and it’s tough to see him struggling with an injury. Hopefully he can come back stronger and still have a good season.
Tilson is kind of an unproven player so I don’t think his loss will really impact the team. He definitely does a lot of things well, but someone like Bourjos could step in and fill that void. It also helps that Bourjos is having a great spring as he’s hitting .313 through 19 games played. That could hopefully translate into success for him going into 2017. The team will need him to step up and help fill the void.
This organization is in the midst of a rebuild and Tilson could very well be a part of that. He’s shown he can be a productive player in very limited playing time, so he should be able to contribute once he’s healthy. If Bourjos can hold the spot down and Tilson can come and be an everyday player, this organization has one less position to be concerned about in the future.