Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a ruptured pectoral tendon, the team announced today. The injury is expected to sideline Jimenez for 5-6 months.
This is a significant blow for the ChiSox. The 24 year old Jimenez has a career .276/.321/.527 slash line in 177 major league games, and was slated to be a key part of the White Sox lineup. The best case scenario would seem to be that Jimenez returns around Labor Day, which would mean he would still miss most of the 2021 season.
The White Sox hired Tony LaRussa this past offseason as part of an effort to take the next step to being a legitimate World Series contender in 2021, but there are some depth problems with the outfield, and they may need to look outside the organization to help fill Jimenez’s shoes. Veterans on minor league deals who opt out could be an option for Chicago, or they may look to make a deal for an outfielder at some point before the deadline.