White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo will hold off on having elbow surgery and will DH in the minors. However he could need surgery at some point.
Micker Adolfo, outfield prospect for the Chicago White Sox will avoid surgery, at least for now. According to Richard Justice the talented prospect will put off having surgery and be a designated hitter in the minors. That doesn’t mean he won’t need surgery at some point. Adolfo has a tear in the flexor muscle and a strain of his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Adolfo felt no pain swinging the bat and team doctors feel he won’t do any more damage hitting. This is another situation where the organization will have to tread lightly and hope everything works out in their favor.
"“The goal is let’s get as many at-bats as we can reasonably get in 2018. We thought that was a preferable path to missing the entire ’18 season.”-Rick Hahn"
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This decision is understandable. Adolfo is a young player and this is a great time to get a look at what he has. However, the White Sox will only be able to evaluate his hitting. That’s great and all but most believe he can step in and be that third outfielder in the future with Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert.
This just has the feeling of Carlos Rodon all over again. The Sox are putting the onus on the player to speak up if he’s hurt. Most athletes are going to want to play through the pain. Especially if it means getting an opportunity. Or if that means losing their opportunity.
The 21-year-old has all the tools to be great. He’ll just need some time to develop. Naturally, the injury is a setback. But hopefully, this plan of action doesn’t do anything that has ramifications on 2019. Injuries are always tough to deal with and can come at a bad time. For Adolfo, this may end up being bad timing. But what would be worse if he opted for surgery later in the season, then had to miss part of 2019.
The White Sox will need to tread lightly. Because the last thing they need is an injury to derail a promising career.