Five bold Chicago White Sox predictions for the 2022 season
AJ Pollock Stay’s Healthy For A Full Season
It is going to be fun to see AJ Pollock play for the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
The Chicago White Sox are in need of some injury luck in 2022. Last season, they were hampered by injuries. Eloy Jimenez, Adam Engel, Luis Robert, Micheal Kopech, and Yasmani Grandal all missed significant time.
The 2022 season hasn’t even started but it has already gotten off to an ominous start. Garrett Crochet is set to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Meanwhile, Lance Lynn will miss the first few months of the season after tearing a tendon near his knee.
The Chicago White Sox’s newest addition, AJ Pollock, brings a much-needed track record of production with him. The White Sox have struggled to get any production out of right field in the past several seasons.
Last season, the 34-year old hit .297 with 21 home runs. After the All-Star break, he hit .324 and at times was the Dodgers’ most productive player. Over the past two seasons, Pollock has manufactured an OPS+ of 135 and 37 home runs.
However, Pollock has a reputation for being injury-prone. In Los Angles, fans nicknamed him “bird bones.”
Since 2018, Pollock suffered a fractured left thumb which landed him on the 10-day Injured List, an elbow injury that landed him on the 60-Day Injured List, and a hamstring injury that landed him on the 10-day Injured List twice in 2021.
He has also battled right hand, groin, knee, and back injuries. This year, Pollock will play over 150 games and be a productive presence in the White Sox lineup.