WEDNESDAY, 11:27am: Anderson’s going to the IL, though the severity of his injury is still unknown, per Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Garcia will start at short for the White Sox on Wednesday.
9:39am: Anderson has a high ankle sprain and is wearing a walking boot, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times was among those to report. An IL stint does seem likely for Anderson, but the team will know more after he goes for an MRI.
TUESDAY: White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson left the team’s game Tuesday against the Red Sox because of a sprained right ankle. X-Rays came back negative, though a stint on the injured list is still a legitimate possibility, James Fegan of The Athletic suggests. Anderson will undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine the severity of the sprain.
An IL stay would temporarily halt what has been a career offensive season for Anderson. After combining for an 86 wRC+ in 1,643 plate appearances during his first three seasons from 2016-18, Anderson’s up to 122 in that category this year.
Over 281 trips to the plate in 2019, the 26-year-old Anderson has slashed .317/.342/.491 with 11 home runs and 15 stolen bases. Anderson’s production has dropped as the season has gone on, however, and further regression could be in store. After all, he owns the league’s worst K/BB ratio, a sky-high .375 batting average on balls in play and a 22-point gap between his .354 weighted on-base average and .332 expected wOBA.
While good fortune has aided Anderson’s numbers this year, he’s still one of Chicago’s most valuable players and building blocks. It’s fair to say Anderson’s absence would further damage the team’s fading playoff hopes. During the rare occasions Anderson hasn’t lined up at shortstop this year, the White Sox have turned to Jose Rondon and Leury Garcia in his stead. Rondon has been dreadful this season, though, while Garcia is the club’s preferred starter in center field.