Tilson was projected to be the starting center fielder for the Sox last year but lost his spot to May before the season even began. He was recovering from a season-ending injury that he sustained in July of 2016 before he sustained another injury that eventually kept him out of the entire 2017 season. Tilson, now healthy, recovering and progressing daily, is ready to make another run for center field.
Again, the Sox are not expected to win many games this season but when they do, Luis Robert is expected to take that center field position. But as of right now, center field is open for the taking. Adam Engel who ended last season as the starting center fielder got the start in center field for the first game of spring training. If Tilson can outplay Engel this spring, he definitely deserves at least a spot on the roster if not a starter role. He was talented to get chances over the last two years and he didn’t even get the opportunity to prove his abilities on the field.
Tilson is older now and he’s going to be playing with a chip on his shoulder while playing for his career in center field. The Sox should at least give him a chance to get back into shape, progress and play for a chance to get the starting gig in center field.