The Chicago White Sox has a big issue with Eloy Jimenez. He has now injured himself playing defense for at least the third time. It isn’t like it was a freak accident either. Most of the time, it is because he is simply bad at playing his position. The White Sox need him for his bat. He doesn’t need to be a Gold Glove-caliber player out there, they just need him to make the routine play and stay healthy.
If this continues, they are going to have no choice but to make him a designated hitter. The issue with that is that there is the mindset factor. Some guys don’t have the ability to be a DH because it “takes them out of the game”. Jimenez has even commented on it in the past and sounds like he would rather get better in the field than be a DH.
You can understand where he is coming from but eventually, you have to look out for the ballclub. Jimenez is one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball. He has the potential to be a 50 home run man and can lead the league in that department. That is not an exaggeration, he is that good. Anybody who has ever watched him hit can clearly see that he is truly special.
Eloy Jimenez means too much to the Chicago White Sox to keep hurting himself in the outfield.
The reason this is a topic of conversation is that he injured himself in Wednesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics. He tried to rob a home run and ended up dangling over the fence. He hurt his shoulder on the play. The White Sox officially called it shoulder discomfort but we will find out more later.
If he is out for a decent amount of time, it is a huge blow for the White Sox. There are a few short-term replacements that they can consider but none will ever come close to the offensive prowess that Jimenez presents. That would also mean that the White Sox lost Jimenez and Adam Engel in the same week which is tough. Hopefully, this is something that isn’t too bad and we get some good news later today or over the coming days.