White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal “underwent successful surgery to repair the proximal tendon tears in his right hamstring,” the club announced today. He’ll be out for the season and is expected to be restriction-free in spring of 2022. Madrigal’s injury was known to be potentially season-ending last week, as he was placed on the 60-day IL.
The White Sox have done a remarkable job weathering major injuries already this year, sitting in first place in the AL Central with the league’s second-best record despite early-season losses of Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez. Jimenez could potentially join the club in August after rupturing his left pectoral tendon in late March, while Robert suffered a Grade 3 right hip flexor strain. Neither player has an official timetable for return from the White Sox.
Madrigal, Chicago’s high-contact 24-year-old rookie second baseman, had a 117 wRC+ on the season that ranked seventh among qualifiers. Danny Mendick and Leury Garcia have taken over at second since Madrigal’s injury. Should the White Sox look to upgrade, Adam Frazier, Josh Harrison, Eduardo Escobar, and Jonathan Schoop could be among those available.