The 2022 Chicago White Sox are perpetually getting injured and are averaging what seems to be one injury per game this season. Things got a little scarier on Monday night as Jake Burger suffered a bruised hand in the game adding to the pile of injuries the White Sox have suffered.
The word on Burger is that it is indeed a bruised hand after x-rays came out negative. Burger was injured on an odd play where he was swinging the bat and took the ball in the top of the hand.
Burger did go around with the bat. Instead of being hit by a pitch, he earned a strike. After finishing that at-bat, was taken into the dugout and x-rayed. Later in the game when his spot came up to hit, Seby Zavala stepped in as the designated hitter (which was the position that Burger was playing).
It’s important that the White Sox do not lose Burger. Right now, he is one of thier best offensive weapons. Jake seemingly hits the ball hard all the time. His offensive worth cannot be denied and the team would really be hurting if he were to miss any significant time.
The Chicago White Sox dodged another injury with the status of Jake Burger.
Right now, it’s hard to tell if he will indeed miss any time. It will depend on how the hand feels tomorrow and the next few days. We will recall that Andrew Vaughn had somewhat of a similar injury and missed some time because of that. Hopefully, if Burger must miss any time, it won’t be a lot.
He has been a designated hitter off and on while also playing third base. His defense at third has suffered a little bit so it has appeared as if the White Sox have put Burger at DH to help minimize the negative impact. His defensive miscues won’t happen in this scenario.
They have put Yoan Moncada at third. Moncada is not playing nearly as well as he had in the past. Burger, however, has been hot and deserves to be in the lineup each and every day. Luckily, the White Sox were able to pull away with the win anyway. He is day to day.