The Chicago White Sox are still battling, and so is Tim Anderson.
With the White Sox just 2.5 games out of first place in the AL Central, their All-Star shortstop is still trying to return from a finger injury in time to help his team make the playoffs. Before that can happen, though, Anderson will meet with a hand specialist on Tuesday to determine the next step in his recovery.
Tim Anderson Injury Update
Anderson last played for the White Sox on Aug. 6 before suffering a tear in his left middle finger, which has kept him sidelined for more than a month. The injury was initially expected to keep him out for six weeks, so he's at the stage where he could begin ramping up his rehab work.
Depending on how his meeting with the hand specialist goes, Anderson may be cleared to resume baseball activities in preparation for a return later this season. With three weeks to go in the regular season, there's still time for Anderson to come back later in September or in early October.
Whether Anderson returns or not will likely have to do with Chicago's place in the standings. If the White Sox are still in the hunt for a playoff berth, then Anderson could give them a boost and potentially carry them across the finish line. The two-time All-Star was batting .301 with 13 steals at the time of his injury, albeit without his usual power.
If Chicago has been eliminated from postseason contention by that point, however, then there will be no need to rush Anderson back and he will probably be shut down instead. With +360 odds of winning the AL Central on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds, the White Sox can only hope that they'll still have meaningful games for Anderson to play in when/if he returns.