White Sox: Nicky Delmonico Shut Down With Shoulder Issue

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: Nicky Delmonico
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27: Nicky Delmonico /
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Nicky Delmonico is shut down for 3-4 weeks. He batted .262 with nine home runs for the White Sox in 2017.

Nicky Delmonico will not participate in offseason activity for three to four weeks. The Chicago White Sox will hold him out due to shoulder inflammation according to CBSSports.com. He missed the last two games of the season dealing with a shoulder injury. It’s clear the organization wants to ensure he’s 100 percent before allowing him to resume baseball activities.

Delmonico was somewhat of a surprise for this club. The 25-year-old hit .262 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs in 141 plate appearances in 2017. This team didn’t have much of a left handed bat and in 43 games he showed he has potential to fill that void. We’ll have to wait to see if he can do that going forward.

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Health is going to the most important thing for Delmonico. He showed in a small sample he can hit at the major league level and he can play either in left field or at first base. He definitely gives Rick Renteria some options as to how to best deploy him.

The left hander was once a well-regarded prospect. He was having a solid season at Triple-A Charlotte, leading to his call up. And he really didn’t disappoint. He had some struggles, which was to be expected, but overall, he put together some solid numbers.

As long as he is healthy, he should definitely compete for a spot in the outfield. We’ll have to see what the team elects to do with Avisail Garcia, but there should be a spot for him if he’s healthy and shows he can hold down a starting spot.

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He’s another young player the White Sox can potentially contribute to the success of this team long term. If they can’t find a spot for him in the outfield, there’s no reason he can’t be their designated hitter. The White Sox definitely need a left-handed bat and might have one in Delmonico. There’s no reason they can’t give him a shot. Especially since they’re not expected to compete in 2018. Might as well see what they have in Delmonico. Maybe they have a hidden gem on their hands.