The Chicago White Sox have known for a few days now that they are going to be without Tim Anderson for the next few weeks with a problem with his hand. Now, we know for sure that he is going to be out for about six weeks thanks to some surgery on his hand.
Anderson had successful surgery to repair a tear in the middle finger of his left hand. The timeline of six weeks was mentioned by the White Sox in the announcement. This is both good and bad news for the team.
The good news is that Anderson won’t miss the rest of the season if they find their way in the playoffs. It also means that he will be fullly good to go by the offseason so that he can make sure he is ready for 2023.
The bad news is that the White Sox will have to try and make this big playoff push without their leader both on and off the field. Anderson is one of the best leadoff hitters in the game right now. He was slumping a little bit before his injury but we all know how good he can be.
The Chicago White Sox are going to miss Tim Anderson in their starting lineup.
If they make the playoffs or are close to it when he returns, inserting him will really help their chances. He makes everyone around him better with his game at the top of the lineup and the inspiration that he is off the field.
While he is gone they will lead off their lineup by using a committee. Leury Garcia and Lenyn Sosa are in line to play shortstop while he is down as well. None of those options are as good as Tim Anderson but that is the hand that they are dealt.
Now that he has had surgery, it is pretty clear how long he will be out. During that time, players like Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, and Andrew Vaughn simply need to step it up.
Some of them have been okay and some of them have been awful. Everyone needs to step up otherwise Anderson’s return will mean nothing this season. Hopefully, he recovers quickly and helps this team make a run.