The White Sox announced Tuesday that shortstop Tim Anderson has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a sprain in his left knee. He’s expected to miss between two and four weeks of action, per the team. Infielder Lenyn Sosa is up from Triple-A Charlotte to take Anderson’s spot on the active roster.
Anderson appeared to suffer the injury during yesterday’s game against the Twins, when he attempted to corral an errant throw from Hanser Alberto in a poorly executed rundown between second and third base (video link). He originally remained in the game and finished out the inning, but Anderson was later lifted for a pinch-hitter.
The 29-year-old Anderson is out to a nice start, batting .298/.327/.404 and a perfect 5-for-5 showing in stolen bases to begin his 2023 campaign. His injury will likely slide Elvis Andrus over to shortstop or possibly open the door for Sosa to take some reps at the position. If it’s indeed Andrus taking the reins at short, as he did in 2022 when Anderson was injured, then second base reps will fall to a combination of Sosa, Alberto and Romy Gonzalez.
Any absence is notable for Anderson, who’s steadily been one of the best-hitting shortstops in the game for the past four years. Dating back to 2019, Anderson has posted at least a .301 batting average, .338 on-base percentage and .395 slugging percentage in every season. He’s a collective .317/.346/.471 hitter in just shy of 1700 plate appearances dating back to 2019, and his 122 wRC+ in that time (indicating he’s been 22% better than an average hitter after weighting for home park and league run-scoring environment) trails only six other shortstops: Fernando Tatis Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Bo Bichette and Corey Seager.
Injuries have regularly hampered the White Sox over the past several seasons, and Anderson now becomes the second key member of the lineup on the injured list, joining slugger Eloy Jimenez, who’s expected to be sidelined into late April with a low-grade hamstring strain. The Sox are also currently missing relievers Liam Hendriks, Garrett Crochet, Joe Kelly and Matt Foster.
The Sox made the easy call to pick up a $12.5MM option on Anderson at the end of the 2023 season, and they’ll have a $14MM option or $1MM buyout over his 2024 campaign as well. Given Anderson’s overall track record, it’s hard to imagine Sox buying him out. The presence of that option at least makes it worth keeping a close eye on how Anderson recovers from this issue, but a one-year deal at that rate remains a relative bargain for a player of his caliber, so long as he’s healthy.
Good- leave him there. tim anderson is 1 of the most delusional egomaniac jerks in all of MLB. Not to mention that he’s not even that good- he had a few good but not great seasons 2019-2021, other than that, nothing else worth mentioning regarding him. The guy sucks.
Get better Jackie
We really needed more of the same joke so I’m glad you stepped up to help.
Anderson and Kelly going on the IL. Not exactly new or groundbreaking material there.
He won a batting title and has had a couple of seasons batting 300. He is cocky I’ll give you that, but he has been pretty good for the White Sox.
Right, 2 or 3 good but not great seasons (depending if 2020 is even counted, it’s either 2 or 3), including the year he won the batting title. he also only walked 15 times that year and only posted a .357 OBP and missed 25% of the season. Imagine winning a batting title yet only posting 4 WAR. Just a good year, nothing great.
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I don’t see how being overrated justifies a happy response about a player being injured.
It doesn’t. it’s douchy.
So 3 of his last 4 seasons he was good, and his “bad” season he hit over 300 and was injured for most of the year. What a truly awful take.
U can have that cry baby
He is a really good player but don’t let that get in your way of these weird hate filled rants of yours.
Exactly James—I think Ace’s last sentence in his first post should read “he sucks as a guy.” As a baseball player he’s been pretty darn good.
he has averaged less than 3 WAR to go along with a 106 OPS+. he’s not a “really good” player.
Fine, he’s above average, but that’s a far cry from “sucks”.
As a Cubs fan who watches many W Sox games – I do believe Anderson is a good player and certainly is not what ails the Chisox. He is a positive contributor to what they are trying to accomplish.
The bigger problems they have, are a useless Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez. Talk about 2 guys that can’t stay healthy. Yet the aging legend in his own mind, Bruce Levine has predicted Moncada as his pick for the AL MVP.
Goodness no, Moncada will have a good year but MVP? No that’s not happening.
He was off to a red hot start before ,and tell me if you’ve heard this before, he got hurt. That entire team is made of glass
Eloy is already going to miss time, at this point, 130 games out of all the starters would be a miracle…
Off topic, but I enjoyed both the original Comiskey Park and Wrigley back in the day.
He should rehab with Josh Donaldson.
Until the Sox played here in Pittsburgh over the weekend I didn’t know much about him. The guy is a helluva player and plays hard. Don’t know what your issue is but jeez, hoping a guy stays on the injured list?
Moncada has looked the 2019 version of himself when his offense helped carry the team. The Sox finally found their clean-up hitter in Jimenez at the end of last season and he’s continued to produce this year. But it’s true they can’t seem to stay off the IL to make an impact. And now Anderson. That’s the problem with this team: no depth. Sosa and Gonzalez are a big drop off.
Why? Why post this? Why respond to others being so happy someone is injured? Why invest so much time in being happy that a player on a team you hate is hurt?
Funny thing is, the real Jackie probably would have played through a knee sprain. Lil’ Timmy can’t play cuz his poor widdle knee hurts. Aw, poor angel.
Would have had to play through a knee sprain. Fixed it for you. Good thing we have come far enough along to allow a player with a legit injury to rest it.
Sorry Jackie :’)
TA#12 has most hits (or highest BA) in MLB over total of last 3 years. Something like that…
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This rebuild is Over! These guys just cannot play enough games. The worst problem is Hahn and Williams will be trading these underachievers and I’m sure they will get taken to the cleaners. Back up the Bus unload these guys now!
The rebuild is just about to begin. Assuming he recovers as expected, and has a decent season, TAs max value will be this off-season. The window is closing, quickly.
Max value on a trade would be at the all-star or trade deadline this year. Whoever acquires him gets 2 playoff runs with him. He’s a Dodger waiting to happen.
I have no doubt that if the Sox trade any of their top players, they will get taken. The sad thing is, management just won’t admit that they ARE in the middle of a partial rebuild. They had it right in 2017 when they began a five year rebuild. In just four years they were back in tht PO for the first time in years. Then Reinsdorf decided to make his buddy tlr the manager to take them to the next level. Disaster. Tlr tore apart their successful rebuild under Renteria. Since then Reinsdorf has decided not to spend anymore on the Sox and it shows. No depth, no help for the bullpen, no true second baseman. Makes you feel good as a fan.
Dodgers have Lux out for the year. Assuming Tim comes back and hits well, he has a lot of value to them this year. I agree he is a Dodger waiting to happen. They would probably get more for him from a team like the Dodgers in the middle of this season for 1 1/2 seasons (and two postseasons), than for just one season if they trade him this winter.
Giolito, Lynn, Grandal, Clevinger all leaving after this year. Add Liam, Moncada, Tim, and Graveman the following year. I believe they are set to shed like 110M in payroll by the end of 2024. Not all of those guys will have great (or any) trade value, but some certainly will. They need to re-stock a 26th rated farm system quite badly.
He didnt decide not to spend. The Level of spending was always known to their PoBO and GM. They just dont know how to allocate it. Williams did the same thing before when they traded away Quintana, Eaton, and Sale, and then watched them all get Rings elsewhere. Did you really think they were going to learn from their mistakes?
Unfortunate to see Tim Anderson on the shelf again.
Aren’t all you White Sox fans at least a little glad however that Leury Garcia isn’t first man up in whatever MI reshuffle the team would have attempted in recent years?
True, they should have kept Garcia for his defensive versatility. Still don’t know why they let him go since they have no one to replace that versatility.
I mean, Hanser Alberto is literally the same person. Romy Gonzalez and Lenyn Sosa are practically clones as well.
Bad day to be an Anderson
Not a good day for the Anderson brothers, Tim and Ian. =(
Just ran into Tim at Mariano’s in Bridgeport. We were at the hot bar and he treated me to a large cup of chili . We talked for about 5 minutes and he said he feels great . What a supper guy.
A cup of chili makes him seem more of a Lunch Guy.
Normally I would agree but this bowl was huge !!!
When I was overseas I ordered a big dish of ‘Big Mike’s Screaming-Ass Chili. It came with a shot of Tequila.
Not if there is a sandwich with that.
Very talented player who has spent a lot of time on IL over last several seasons. A shame that he cannot stay on the field.
It’s really a shame this Peter Principle FO wasn’t launched this past offseason. A new regime with no sentimentality to this underachieving core could have extracted some trade value out of TA/Eloy/mild return in case of rental Giolito, etc before these constant injuries.
Wish they could get good FO execs on the fly to start fixing this mess now to be ready to sell smart at the July deadline. That would include getting a massive return for 2.5yrs of Cease if he keeps going strong. It is a major roster reconstruction needed again, but by astute execs that know how to draft/develop.
It’s been 10 games, guy. Let’s reevaluate in May.
The team is rife with injuries. They are talented enough to win and make a post season run, but good God they need to stay on the field.
They are not even close to playoff caliber. Fully healthy, they are the 12th best team in AL (out of 15 clubs). No need to reassess state of the organization dysfunction.
Organizational dysfunction aside, this team, when healthy, is plenty capable to push for playoffs. Their biggest issue is staying healthy.
Are the White Sox an injury prone team or is that just lazy analysis?
Given that they have Anderson, Eloy, and Robert, I’d say that their lineup is quite injury-prone.
@Zeus Grandal, Moncada, Eloy, Tim, and Robert all played barely 100 games, or less last year. Same can be said for Grandal, Robert, and Eloy in 2021 as well. Neither Robert nor Eloy has ever played 125 games in a season. The last time Tim did was 2018. Grandal has caught almost exactly 1/2 the games since they signed him.
Tim and Eloy on the DL barely 10 games into the schedule. Moncada nursing a sore back, out tonight for 3rd time in 6 games. 1/3 of their lineup out tonight.
So yeah, I think it can be said that the Sox are injury prone. It is not lazy analysis.
Moncada out with batted ball to toe injury
If everyone stays healthy, they said…
Good player. Hope Jackie makes a full recovery.
Tim Anderson would be a HOF shoe in if he only played vs the Tigers. Maybe Detroit will have a chance to win a few from the ChiSox over the next 2-3 weeks.
First time the Tigers and White Sox play will be May 25. So the Tigers won’t have a chance to win any games vs the Sox the next 2-3 weeks, sorry.
I am one of the few White Sox fans who feels that Anderson needs a change of scenery as soon as possible. Anderson has some issues with staying on the field, but unfortunately other teams know that now. Anderson’s current injury is a fielding miscue but throughout the last few years it seemed like he milked his injuries. I am not sure what it is with Anderson but it seems like he gets hurt then misses 30 games a year. My biggest issue with Anderson was back in 2021 when the White Sox still had a chance to get home field advantage in the last few weeks of the season where he took himself out of the line up when the pregame telecast showed La Russa yelling at him and he was laughing. Anderson is getting paid due to the team friendly contract he signed with the White Sox where he is already thinking of his next deal after next season where he seems like he is putting his health over the team for his next deal. Odds are the White Sox are not going to sign Anderson to a long term deal so the best bet is to put him on the block if the White Sox are not in it around July. As of right now, the American League Central Division is up for grabs since it seems the Guardians and Twins have their injuries right now. The Guardians just put McKenzie on the 60 day DL along with Civale on the 15 day DL while the Twins’ offense seems to not stay on the field.
The guy is cancer like Milton Bradley , Jacque Jones ,LaTroy Hawkins, Albert Belle to name a few. Best thing they could do is unload this problem child
Hmmm, from everything I’ve ever read i don’t recall hearing about Jackie being made of glass…
Anderson only played in 79 games in 2022, then in 123 in 2021 where he missed an entire month straight then took himself out of the line up for a few games in the last few weeks, then played in only 49 games in the shortened season in 2020 and played in 123 games in 2019 due to injuries where being benched in the last few games to win the batting title.
My point was about Jackie Robinson never really being injured further debasing Tim’s bs comparison saying he’s the “modern Jackie Robinson”
It doesn’t help when it looks like the runner practically dove at Anderson’s leg.
As I pointed out this current injury to Anderson is a fielding miscue. Anderson’s injuries are usually from his play in the field besides being hit with pitch last year. Lets not forget Anderson was not the best fielder and the Sox wanted to develop his fielding in AAA but came up a year earlier then expected since that issue with Rollins in 2016. I think Anderson the league in errors for short stops in 2019 but his errors have went down.
Still an asinine comp no matter how you justify it
Nrd, Now you’re just making things up.
Player to be named in the future 2
Oh no, not Jackie
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to the Tigers……
To the tigers for Baez lol!