This new Chicago White Sox injury doesn’t sound good
The Chicago White Sox had a big problem with injuries in 2021. Some rather consequential players missed a lot of time and they still managed to win 93 ballgames. One of the players that helped them overcome that adversity was Yermin Mercedes.
Mercedes had a historical April and early part of May for the White Sox as he had offensive numbers that rivaled that of Mike Trout. He obviously came back down to earth in terms of his production and then started to struggle hard. He was sent to AAA and never returned.
Here in 2022, he seemed to be looking to try and make a Major League comeback. Unfortunately, he seems to have the injury bug now after being the injury replacement a year prior. The White Sox announced that he is going to be out for an extended period of time on Friday.
According to them, Mercedes had a CT scan that showed a hamate fracture in his left hand. It is a tough break for him as he will have surgery with Dr. Jason Lee on Monday to repair it. The expected recovery time, according to the White Sox, is anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks.
The Chicago White Sox organization already has an injury on its hands in 2022.
It would be nice if, unlike last season, the injury bug stopped there. Mercedes has plenty of time to rest before he returns. He will almost for sure start the year with the Charlotte Knights when he returns but he very well could get another MLB opportunity if there is a spot that opens up for him.
Mercedes deserves a lot of credit for what he helped the White Sox do in 2021. Without him, things might have fallen off the rails early. It could have been too late by the time Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Yasmani Grandal returned from injury so it was a good thing that he was there.
Mercedes would like 2022 to end a bit differently than it did one year ago. Once he returns from injury, he is going to have to earn his way back up but we know what he is capable of when things are going well. If he can adjust back to Major League pitching, it could work out.