Injury news has been at the White Sox’s forefront since preseason, and therefore the reports figure to spill into July. On Tuesday, they were mostly good. Before playing the Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field, center fielder Luis Robert was medically cleared to extend his level of baseball activities at the Sox’s training complex in Glendale, Arizona. During a May 2 game against the Indians, Robert tore his right hip flexor running to first base on an infield single. The White Sox estimates Robert might be cleared to travel on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment in four weeks. If all goes well, he could be back with the White Sox in mid-August.
Left fielder Eloy Jimenez (ruptured left pectoral tendon) was injured late in the preseason and cleared to resume baseball activities on Flag Day. He might be ready for a rehab assignment in mid-July and return to the Sox by the primary of August. Jose Abreu was within the White Sox’s starting lineup against Minnesota on Tuesday night. On Sunday, the primary baseman was hit by a pitch on his left knee within the first of two games against the Mariners. Abreu didn’t play within the second game, and he got a needed break when Monday’s game against the Twins was rained out. The Sox are cautious with Abreu, who survived a collision with the Royals’ Hunter Dozier on May 14 and a left-ankle injury two days later.
Before being cleared to play against Minnesota on Tuesday, Abreu had to pass some tests. “It really decreased to could he run without limping,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We all went out and watched him and (trainer James) Kruk put him through some paces, left, right and he ran without a limp. So he says he’s good to travel. It’s sore, but soreness is one thing and injury’s another one.” Michael Kopech pitched a simulated game Monday and appears to be on the brink of coming back from a May 26 hamstring injury. “Just from watching him, I feel the newest is all good,” La Russa said. “I haven’t heard officially yet, but the expectation is it’s getting to be a positive and that we can start deciding what’s next when he actually pitches in competition.”
On the injured list with a strained right oblique since June 6, outfielder Billy Hamilton was reinstated Tuesday. The White Sox cleared a roster spot by optioning Luis Gonzalez to Class AAA Charlotte. On the negative side, third sacker Yoan Moncada wasn’t within the lineup against the Twins. “His (right) shoulder’s barking,” La Russa said. “He wasn’t getting to play yesterday. I do know he got some treatment and he’s still not right, so just not getting to push it.” Like Abreu, Moncada has been handling physical issues for much of the season. His throwing shoulder is sore, but not considered serious.
“He’s had some issues with it already during the primary half the season,” La Russa said. “He gets treated, he gets exercises. Might he play (Wednesday)? Maybe, but it might be nice to undertake to urge it where he is not sore. I do not think there’s any issue happening in the IL.” Outfielder Jake Lamb did continue the injured list Tuesday, with a strained right quadriceps. “Just running, moving, chasing balls down and he’s been active on the bases,” La Russa said. “When they did the MRI it had been in there where you’ll see it had been quite just a hang with it for 2 or three days. It’s getting to be a minimum of a 10-day, but I do not think it’s all that serious where it won’t heal before later.”