Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has been dealing with a sore left ankle ever since fouling a pitch off of it last week. He has played in a few games since then, but is notably absent from Wednesday's starting lineup. Manager Tony La Russa says the team is simply just being careful.
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The fact that Jimenez is available to pinch hit if the need arises goes to show that his issue is more nagging than serious. He was able to go through his normal routine of hitting in the batting cages and running the bases in the morning. Waiting for the swelling to go down is next up on the to-do list.
Jimenez is one of the White Sox's most consistent hitters when fully healthy, so it's important to take all precautions necessary. That's especially the case given the fourth-year pro appeared in just 55 games last season. A pectoral tear suffered in Spring Training kept him in the dugout until late July.
La Russa would surely love to get Jimenez back at the plate given the 25-year-old owns a career slash line of .268/.315/.501. He has smacked 56 home runs in 240 games played and has racked up 164 RBI as well. His ability to drive the ball in the gap or over the fence makes him a dangerous hitter.
The next time Jimenez will have an opportunity to start will be on Thursday afternoon when the White Sox take on the Cleveland Guardians in an AL Central showdown. For now, Chicago is tied for the fourth-best odds to win the World Series at +1200, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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