'Not again': Chicago White Sox DH Eloy Jiménez discusses road to return after latest injury

LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune on

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Eloy Jiménez went through drills — including light jogging — with the Chicago White Sox training staff Saturday morning at Guaranteed Rate Field.

It was a scene that has become all too familiar for the designated hitter.

Jiménez is on the injured list after suffering a left hamstring strain Tuesday during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. He previously was sidelined from April 1-15 after suffering a left adductor strain. This is his eighth time on the IL with the Sox since April 2019.

“(Tuesday) was actually the first day I felt 100% after (coming back from the) IL,” Jiménez said Saturday morning. “If you’re asking me how to explain it to you, I don’t know how. It just sucks.”

General manager Chris Getz said Jiménez will be out for four to six weeks.

“I think I’ve been doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and it just keeps happening,” Jiménez said. “At the end of the day, I just thank God that he gave me the opportunity to be here and work my ass off every single day.


“We have so many questions that we don’t have the answers to yet. But we’re going to keep working. It sucks that it happens, but at the end of the day, I’m not going to sit here and just be sorry for myself. I’m going to find the answer and keep working.”

Jiménez was showing signs of warming up at the plate, slashing .321/.387/.500 (9-for-28) during an eight-game on-base streak.

“You feel for Eloy,” Getz said Friday. “I know he wants to be out there. He certainly began to have some productive at-bats for us. But there’s nothing we can do about it now. We look forward to getting (Bryan) Ramos and (center fielder) Luis (Robert Jr.) back (from the IL) and eventually (third baseman) Yoán (Moncada) and Eloy when he’s ready.”

Ramos returned from the 10-day IL in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in front of 22,283. The third baseman went 0-for-4 in his first game since May 14, when he suffering a strained left quad.


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