White Sox receive some bad news in regards to left fielder and relief pitcher. The injury news for the relief pitcher is especially bad news as he’s injured again.
On Sunday morning the Chicago White Sox announced that Eloy Jimenez and Nate Jones had both been placed on the 10-day injured list. Jimenez was diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain while Jones was diagnosed with right elbow inflammation.
The injury news is unfortunate for each player. With the placement of both Jimenez and Jones to the injured list, the White Sox recalled left-handed relief pitcher Aaron Bummer and right-handed relief pitcher Thyago Vieira.
For Jimenez, his placement on the injured list comes after he sprained his right ankle when attempting to rob a home run on Friday night against the Detroit Tigers. Jimenez hasn’t looked graceful in left field and entering this season, his outfield defense was a concern.
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The talented slugger will now have time to recover from his latest injury, but he will remain a liability in left field once he returns. Unfortunately, Jimenez could be getting exposed for his lack of defense in the outfield which could make him a candidate to become a designated hitter sooner rather than later.
Jimenez is currently hitting .241 on the season and while not appearing to look overmatched at the plate, laying off sliders from opposing pitchers will be something he needs to work on. Hopefully, Jimenez can come back strongly from his injury and isn’t out longer than the minimum of 10 days on the injured list.
For Jones, his most recent placement on the injured list could hamper his career. Jones hasn’t been healthy for a full season since 2016 when he appeared in 71 games. In 2017, Jones appeared in just 11 games and appeared in only 33 games last season with the Sox.
Through 10.1 innings pitched in 2019, Jones has 3.49 ERA with 10 strikeouts. Much like Jimenez, hopefully, Jones isn’t on the injured list longer than the minimum of 10 days. If he is out of action for a lengthy amount of time, it could affect whether or not the Sox pick up his mutual option for 2020.