Nick Madrigal was a draft pick that stunned a lot of Chicago White Sox fans. He was the slap-hitting second baseman that didn’t really have a whole lot of power. He did, however, have great contact ability and Gold Glove potential. Well, his Major League career got off on the right foot as he looked to be everything he was supposed to be.
Things got even better when his slugging percentage started to rise as he starting hitting more gaps and even had a couple of home runs. It all came to a disappointing halt recently though as he injured his hamstring trying to beat out an infield single. When it first came out, we didn’t know how he was going to go about recovery.
The Chicago White Sox released some tough news on Nick Madrigal’s season.
There was a thought that rest and rehabilitation would be the road taken but it came out on Tuesday that Madrigal will miss the remainder of the 2021 season as he has undergone surgery. According to the White Sox, the surgery was successfully performed by Dr. Nik Verma and Dr. Shane Nho at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
The White Sox also announced that he will be back without restrictions by spring 2022 which is outstanding news. At this point, the White Sox are going to do their best to try and win this year because of how well the pitching staff is going but there is no doubt there are big hopes for 2022 as another year in the championship window.
Madrigal is a big part of the current Chicago White Sox plan. He does everything well and should be the team’s number nine hitter for years to come. He is the perfect guy hitting down there before the top of the order comes up. When he comes back, he will be looking to take that next step by adding even more power to his game which he has already started to show.
So what is the next step for the White Sox? Well, it looks like Danny Mendick is going to continue playing second base for now. There are plenty of trade options out there and nobody should be surprised if they go for one of them. The White Sox have a unique situation here that they want to take advantage of.
If they acquire a good second baseman and get Eloy Jimenez back from injury soon, their order will remain outstanding. Add Luis Robert in September and we could be really looking at a deep postseason run. Hopefully, Madrigal recovers well and is ready to go for 2022 while watching his team make a deep run.