As the injury bug continues to bite the White Sox, Tim Anderson is at least nearing a return. Manager Tony La Russa told reporters (including MLB.com’s Scott Merkin) that Anderson is scheduled to begin a Triple-A rehab assignment on Tuesday. Anderson suffered a groin strain in Chicago’s May 29 game, and at the time, La Russa estimated the star shortstop would need about three weeks of recovery time. This rehab assignment would seemingly put Anderson right on track to match or even beat that projection.
The South Side would love to have Anderson back as soon as possible, given how he was on pace for possibly the best season of his already-standout career. Anderson hit .356/.393/.503 with five home runs over his first 173 plate appearances, plus a perfect 8-for-8 mark in stealing bases. With Eloy Jimenez still on the IL and Yasmani Grandal now nursing a sore hamstring, Anderson’s return is a much-needed boost for a struggling White Sox lineup.
More injury updates from around the American League…
- Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told The Detroit News’ Chris McCosky and other reporters that Tyler Alexander (elbow sprain) could be activated from the 15-day IL as soon as Tuesday, though the team hasn’t yet decided on Alexander’s next step after the southpaw has seemingly completed his rehab work. Eduardo Rodriguez (ribcage sprain) was tentatively slated to return from his own rehab assignment this week, but that timeline is now up in the air since Rodriguez is away on a personal matter. Meanwhile, reliever Jose Cisnero (shoulder strain) was about to begin his own rehab assignment but has now been shut down for two weeks due to soreness in his right Achilles tendon.
- For the first since suffering a lower-leg injury almost a month ago, Jake Odorizzi joined the Astros’ other pitchers in fielding drills today. Manager Dusty Baker told FOX 26’s Mark Berman (Twitter links) and other reporters that Odorizzi’s return to these drills is “kind of like the final hurdle” in determining the right-hander’s readiness. The next step is gradually bringing Odorizzi along, as the pitcher told Berman and company that he was going at around “50-60%” in his first workout, and he’ll continue to slowly ramp up.
- Matt Chapman has missed the Blue Jays’ last two games due to a sore right wrist. Manager Charlie Montoyo told Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith and other reporters that Chapman “couldn’t even pinch-hit today,” though the third baseman is still considered day-to-day with the injury. Imaging hasn’t yet been done on Chapman’s wrist, which Nicholson-Smith notes is an indication that the Jays believe the injury isn’t too serious.
Yeah, well, Tyler Alexander has not fared well in his rehab assignment. Maybe that’s why AJ isn’t ready to bring him back just yet.
Yeah well? Please start your sentences with “ I mean…”
Yeah, well, you’re not the post police.
Yeah, well, the jerk store called…
Yeah, well. That’s where I fetch my water.
I mean, you’re not wrong.
Get Off My Mound
Yeah, well, obviously no one’s gonna listen to you with that attitude.
Sox really need Anderson and Lynn back, they have been very hard to watch lately, with stagnant offense and thin pitching. Right on cue, Lynn comes back, Kopech goes down with knee soreness. Robert does not seem the same since his return, either, clearly not back to normal at the plate anyway.
I’m just curious and not being malicious. Do ChiSox fans have any faith in Tony LaRussa as manager?
Im guessing many do not, I think LaRussa is pretty much just there to collect his check, just like most of the players on the roster. But he is far from the only issue on the club, starting with the management of the org. Cheap management (failure to get top tier talent for a team designed now to ‘win it all’ and settling for guys like Garcia and Harrsion at 2nd, an average RF-when he is healthy-in Pollack, and settling for an ‘ace’ in Giolito that has gotten bounced around by talented, and not so talented, teams all season), Poor coaching/management on the field (no fundamentals to speak of-whether situational batting, fielding, or running the bases), poor conditioning staff (cannot keep players from getting injuries-like hamstring, Quad, Calf, groin, Abs, lat, etc.- that really should not occur if conditioning properly), and finally lack of heart (or as Hawk called it, the will to win) from the players.Its really a train wreck at this point.
Dumpster Divin Theo
Not factually correct- you call AJ the RF – he’s played a total of 7 of 44 games in right. And Giolitos not the ace- Cease, Kopech and Lynn are the real big 3 when healthy. You’ve left out the amount they’ve spent to shore up the bullpen or their situational use of Vaughn, Burger and Sheets to get production in varying degrees despite limited MLB reps. You neglected to mention how they persevered through catastrophic injuries to two of their best position players, Eloy and Robert, who were both hustling at the time (or TWTW as you dismissively suggest). Despite TLRs maddening inability to avert controversy, this is a tight clubhouse and has done one thing few other teams can claim to do: take series against the Rays and Yankees. They’ve underperformed, but also have run through gauntlet of a front loaded schedule, and have the easiest remaining schedules in the AL the rest of the season. The fact that you quote Hawk- and not ironically suggests you may be a bit long in the tooth and perhaps more inclined to yell at clouds then partake in analytics?
Who needs to win when one has a multi-year contract?
Agter watching a couple of Twins games this week, the do have a very good team. Since 2018 White Sucks fans have been giving Cubs a hard time bulling against them. Well, from January of this year, Cubs had no expectaction above fourth place in their division, but WSox fans should be having a hard time in which may be a long summer when comparin their expectation vs their performance. I can see them firing Larussa and hiring Maddon in a couple of weeks, and by then I will LMAO. Go then, an try to also get Dumpsterdivin’ Theo, lol.
Not really. The sox have the same record as the marlins.
THE SAME RECORD AS THE MARLINS.
With all that talent and expectations.
nearly last in all general pitching and batting ranks.
They would be toast in the AL East & NL West.
IMO Anderson and Lynn will not address the myriad of issues the Sox have. Heck they are forcing Lynn to pickup this team newly removed from a rehab assignment from a balky knee and hoping, I guess, that he picks up at least 6/7 innings due to the bullpen being overused and a lack of an effective rotation (yeah yeah this rotation is great.. nope, don’t what the numbers show either. I have watched this team and its awful from nearly top to bottom at this time)
Hey, you want to check out a team that just pretty much sucks from top to bottom, try being a Detroit Tiger fan. OMG! 🙁
“Imaging hasn’t yet been done on Chapman’s wrist, which Nicholson-Smith notes is an indication that the Jays believe the injury isn’t too serious.”
Or perhaps an indication that they’d rather play doctor and risk aggravating an injury to a guy playing on a $25M contract instead of having it checked out.
I’m sure the doctors and trainers of the team probably know a little better than you might.
Until they had to call up the other Rodriguez, the Tigers had been holding their own on the pitching front. Offensively, the Tigers should have a ceremony where they burn all their bats, cuz you can’t put the bats on the IL.
Heh. Good one! 🙂
We’ll when you have an owner who really doesn’t care, and a GM who’s hands are tied though he doesn’t seem to know how to acquire players, this is the result. Doesn’t help when you have multiple injuries.
It is a dumpster fire at this point.
Tiger fans deserve more
Someone has to pay the price for this horrible hitting team and it should be the hitting coach, Coolbaugh. I have been watching this team for over 50 years and I can honestly say I have never seen such inept hitting and so many unprofessional at bats, especially with runners in scoring position. A different voice could bring about some new approaches and get Baez and the rest back on track. Something has to change.