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White Sox: Prospects biggest hurdle is staying healthy

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CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 02: Detailed view of special Fourth of July uniform worn by Chicago White Sox player in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 02: Detailed view of special Fourth of July uniform worn by Chicago White Sox player in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The injury bug has hit the White Sox prospects once again. This time it involves both top prospect Eloy Jimenez and number-three prospect Luis Robert.

White Sox prospect Jimenez suffered his injury during Sunday’s Charlotte Knights game.

He seemed to be hobbling a little as he went down the line after his second at-bat. He has been diagnosed with a strained left abductor muscle. This is commonly referred to as a pulled groin muscle.

Seeing time on the DL

The Sox have put him on the seven-day DL. This would seem to indicate that it’s just a minor strain. However, these types of injuries can linger and sometimes worsen if not treated properly. Usually, a fair amount of rest is required. The Sox will be cautious and not rush him back to action if it doesn’t show improvement.

The news on Robert’s injury is much worse, however. He is listed as being out anywhere from 4-8 weeks with a sprained left thumb. Robert injured this same thumb in spring training. While they are calling it just a moderate sprain, the fact that he’s out 4-8 weeks shows the severity of it.

Other top White Sox prospects’ injuries

Last week, number 6 rated prospect, Dane Dunning suffered an elbow strain. He could be out for the season. Earlier this season, number 5 rated prospect Alec Hansen spent time on the DL. He as returned recently, however.

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Other injury setbacks have included last years top draft pick Jake Burger rupturing his Achilles…………twice. He’s out until after the start of next season.

Micker Adolfo has been battling a sprained UCL all season. He has, however, been able to gain some playing time as a DH most of the year. He has not been cleared to play the field.

2016 first round pick Zach Burdi underwent Tommy John surgery last July. Two weeks ago he started throwing off of a mound for the first time in 11 months. He may not be back before the end of the season but should be ready at spring training next year.

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The Sox have certainly had more than their fair share of injuries this year. Most are unavoidable but if this trend continues, it doesn’t bode well for a quick return to championship status. Hopefully, we are just getting all of them out of the way this year and the team has good health moving forward. Good news on the injury front would be welcome news.

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