Tim Anderson is going to be out for a while with a hand injury. That is a huge blow to the Chicago White Sox as he is one of their leaders both on and off the field. It isn’t always fair but the White Sox have a core right now that gets hurt rather frequently.
While Anderson is rehabbing this injury (surgery is possible), the show will go on. The White Sox are just 2.0 games out of first place and believe that they are in line to make a run toward the postseason.
If that is going to happen, they need to make sure that they do their best to get the most out of Anderson’s replacements. There are a few different options for him in the field and in the starting lineup.
Ever since he became the player that you know today, he has been the leadoff man for this group. He has also been one of the best in the league in this role since taking it over. Getting production from there now that he will be missing for a while is pivitol.
There are a few solid options to do it. Luis Robert comes to mind first but he might have too much power to waste him at the top of the order. He is best suited for potential RBI stations because he can hit gaps and home runs more frequently.
The best option on the team for the leadoff spot in Anderson’s absence is AJ Pollock. He has done it well so far this season whenever Tim was out of the lineup and had experience doing it before getting to Chicago. Until he returns, he is the best option for the job.
The Chicago White Sox need to replace Tim Anderson to the best of their ability.
As for the position of shortstop, there are a few options but none of them are ideal. Danny Mendick would have been perfect but he is out for the season with an injury of his own. That only leaves Leury Garcia and Lenyn Sosa.
We know that Tony La Russa is going to give Garcia most of the starts there but Sosa will see some time. Josh Harrison is there to play second base so they are both in line to play some shortstop while Anderson is gone.
While Anderson is out, the White Sox need to rally. As bad as this season has been, they have still set themselves up to be a threat for the playoffs. If they do reach the postseason, they aren’t a team that anyone will necessarily want to play, especially if Anderson is back healthy.