The Chicago White Sox can’t seem to catch a single break this season. They have had devastating injuries all season long and it just keeps getting worse and worse. With Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, we learned that Nick Madrigal is hitting the 60-day IL with a torn hamstring. It is another huge blow to what was a really good Chicago White Sox lineup. He was really starting to come on as a hitter and a defensive second baseman.
The Chicago White Sox have had the worst luck of all time with injuries in 2021.
There is still one thing to be determined with Madrigal and that is whether or not he is having season-ending surgery or working it with rest and rehabilitation. It is going to be interesting to see what the direction is there but we certainly hope Madrigal is able to come back this season.
Nick Madrigal suffered the injury trying to beat out a ground ball in Wednesday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He is hitting .301 with 10 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 21 RBIs, and 30 runs scored. He has also been really hot over his last 20 games with a .365/.420/.568. That slash line is proof that he is getting on base more than just by soft contact too which is a great sign.
Madrigal is going to be back and better than ever one day, it just stinks that this is happening right now. It seemed to take the life out of the team on Wednesday but they have to figure out a way to grind through it.
They called up Brian Goodwin from AAA Charlotte to replace Madrigal on the roster for now. He is having an okay start to the season down there but he will never replace a bat or glove like Madrigal. It is a really tough loss in every form of the phrase.
Goodwin, however, isn’t going to be the guy replacing Madrigal at second base. In tonight’s game against the Blue Jays, Danny Mendick will have that job. He will probably share it with Leury Garcia over the course of the summer. It isn’t the same but lots of teams wish they had that level of depth.
One thing is certain, when healthy, this team is good enough to win the World Series. It is hard to see them doing that without getting a few prominent bodies back. Hopefully, everything is able to get back to normal before the end of the season. This is a weak division that the White Sox can absolutely win if they just stay afloat until they get healthy. They should have a chip on their shoulder at this point too because things have been rough on the injury front.