3 biggest Chicago White Sox weaknesses going into 2022

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MAY 07: Starting pitcher Lance Lynn #33 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 07, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MAY 07: Starting pitcher Lance Lynn #33 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 07, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Health

The Chicago White Sox needs to stay much healthier during the 2022 season.

Injuries happen. It’s part of the game. But the White Sox have taken on more of their fair share. Last season Eloy Jimenez, and Adam Engel got injured before the season even started. During the season Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal, and Micheal Kopech all missed time.

The injury bug has carried over to 2022. Before the first pitch of the new season was even thrown the White Sox lost Garrett Crochet for the season because of Tommy John surgery. Loing Crochet cost the White Sox an effective left hander out of the bullpen that can eat multiple innings.

They will also be without Lance Lynn for at least two months after he tore a ligament near his knee during a Cactus League start against the Reds. A few days later, Yoan Moncada tweaked a side muscle in a Cactus League game against the Padres.

It was ruled a Grade 1 oblique strain that will cost him the first three weeks of the season. The White Sox also announced that Ryan Burr, Joe Kelly, and Yermin Mercedes will all start the season on the 10-day IL.

For whatever reason, this team cannot stay healthy. They may never be at full strength. The American League Central is much improved. The South Siders will not have a cakewalk to the playoffs like they did last season. If they take on the number of injuries they did last season, it could be a problem.

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