The Chicago White Sox, until today, had a lot of excitement going into their season. Now, it will begin and go on without one of their best hitters. Eloy Jimenez is going to miss 5-6 months as he is going to have surgery to repair a ruptured pectoral tendon. He sustained the injury while trying to rob a home run in Wednesday’s spring training game against the Oakland Athletics. This is not good news at all and will change this team’s plan for the year.
How will the Chicago White Sox deal without Eloy Jimenez in 2021?
It isn’t easy to replace a player who can hit 35-50 home runs in any given year. This doesn’t take them from a championship contender to a bust but it does mean someone else needs to step up. e don’t know exactly what the plan is going to be but this is a big blow.
For one, this is something that needs to stop. This is now the third time that he has hurt himself playing the outfield on a play that would be described as “avoidable”. There have also been a few other scares before this that didn’t result in injury. Now the worst fear has happened and they have to deal with it.
If the diagnosis is correct and he does miss that much time, he would be back in time for the playoffs. There is also a hope that he is back in time for the end of the regular season so he can get some reps in. There is one storybook ending that could happen but we are a long way off from anything like that for now.
The other stars on this team are going to need to step up. When you have players like Luis Robert, Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, and Yasmani Grandal amongst others, you are still going to score a lot of runs. This is a big blow to the lineup but it isn’t the end of the season. Everyone needs to rally around it so they are in a good position when he returns.